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Hollywood scribes go to Gaul

Film commission organizes trip to Metz, Nantes

PARIS — A crew of 10 top Hollywood scribes, including Stuart Beattie (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Katherine Fugate (“Valentine’s Day”), David Hayter (“X-Men”), will participate in an inspirational trip across Gaul organized by the Film France Commission.

After exploring Paris, Marseilles and Tahiti in the first two years, the third edition of France Unlimited Access, Cities by the Borders, will take the screenwriters to Metz and Nantes, two towns known for their dramatic and romantic appeal.

“We want to inspire talented and well-connected screenwriters to imagine stories set in France because we know that Hollywood films only shoot here when our country is explicitly represented in the script,” said Nicolas Traube, prexy of Film France, pointing to Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo Cabret” as a production that has benefited from French locales.

“It also works hand-in-hand with our new 20% tax rebate, which was conceived to attract big-budget productions,” he said.

The trip, which will run Sept. 19-27, is backed by the French Embassy’s Los Angeles Film and TV Office, the Lorraine Film Commission and the Pays de la Loire Film Commission.

The other participants are Peter Buchman (“Che”), John Brancato and Michael Ferris (“Clones”), Anya Kochoff (“Monster-in-Law”), Steven Maeda (“CSI”), Josh Olson (“A History of Violence”) and Daniel Waters (“Batman Returns”).

According to Patrick Lamassoure, managing director of Film France, “A studio film shooting in France for a week brings between $1.9 and $2.5 million in spending, half of which goes to French employees working in the sector.”

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