'Omen' breaks curse

The Prague production sector is convinced that “The Omen” has broken the curse after a summer that has seen fewer productions rolling into town.

The remake of the 1976 film, starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles, shoots at Barrandov Studios in October, sharing space with “Behind the Mask,” the fourth “Hannibal” installment. Pics are a coup for local service provider Etic, which also scored Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist” last year.

The Czech Republic still lags Hungary and others in enacting film tax incentives and its only film office, the Czech Film Center, put out the first production guide this year but is industry-funded.

Nevertheless, Prague’s charms, crews and affordability continue to draw: At least two more international features not yet named are expected to shoot with Etic in the Czech Republic.

“The Omen” will make use of the Czech Republic’s many affordable castles, chateaus and churches.

Stillking, another main service provider and co-prod outfit, said it’s also got “a couple of big features” headed its way. That’s a relief, admitted topper David Minkowski: “It’s been a slow summer, but I think things are starting to take off.”

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