Inside Move: Irish Sea enclave lands a raft of pic projects

Commission to co-finance 'Revolver,' also boards 'Soul'

Roland Emmerich and Guy Ritchie are headed for the Isle of Man.

This unlikely filmmaking mecca — a foggy, rural tax haven in the middle of the Irish Sea — is effectively attracting movie shoots with its juicy incentives and increasingly sophisticated infrastructure.

The Isle of Man Film Commission, which typically provides 25% of budgets in return for shooting on the island, has agreed to co-finance Ritchie’s upcoming $20 million gambling movie “Revolver,” produced by Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp.

It has also boarded Emmerich’s $35 million “The Soul of the Age,” based on a John Orloff script that delves into the relationship between William Shakespeare and the 17th Earl of Oxford. Project is being put together by L.A.-based French producer Marc Frydman.

So far this year, the Isle of Man has played host to John Malkovich in “Color Me Kubrick;” Johnny Depp and Malkovich again in “The Libertine’; and Peter Mullan and Brenda Blethyn in “On a Clear Day.”

Projects set to shoot on the island later this year include “The Monster of Longwood” starring Al Pacino.

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