Shooting on actioner to begin in summer

Jordan’s Royal Film Commission has confirmed that Kathryn Bigelow will lense “The Hurt Locker” in Jordan this summer. Iraq-set action drama follows the expoits of an elite American bomb disposal unit.

“Jordan is a safe, professional environment in which to work and a very welcoming place,” said “Locker” producer and scribe Mark Boal. “The assistance of the government and the personal support of His Royal Highness Prince Ali has made it ideal for filmmakers.”

RFC execs, in Cannes to drum up awareness of filming in the country, also announced that Costa Gavras will chair the Arab-Franco film week in June. Events will include seminars, workshops, screenings and a local preem of Laurent Herbiet’s “Mon colonel.”

Gallic promotional film body will send a delegation of producers, including Salem Brahimi, to take part and meet aspiring Jordanian helmers.

“We hope it will be an inspiration to the young filmmakers,” said Pernilla Frykholm, the RFC’s project manager.

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