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French tax rebate draws Hollywood

Depp-Jolie starrer, Woody Allen film are first projects

Woody Allen’s untitled summer project and the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp starrer “The Tourist” will both receive coin from France’s new tax rebate on international production, Gaul’s Centre National du Cinema film board announced Monday.

The CNC rebate, levied at 20% of most production expenditure in France and capped at E4 million ($5.4 million) per pic, is the first official confirmation that Allen will shoot his next film in France.

In 2006 the director abandoned a Paris-set, part-period drama because of the expense. France’s tax rebate program kicked in last December.

“Woody Allen’s upcoming film can happen in France because of the tax rebate,” said Film France managing director Patrick Lamassoure.

Allen’s 2010 shoot is the second in a three-pic production deal between Gravier Prods., owned by Allen’s sister and longtime producer Letty Aronson, and Spain’s Mediapro.

France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is set for an unspecified role.

Spy thriller “Tourist,” directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, will shoot its initial scenes in Paris before moving to Venice.

Pic’s produced by Graham King’s GK Films and Spyglass in association with StudioCanal and financed by GK Films.

CNC will also grant a tax rebate to the third season of BBC series “Merlin.”

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