Branagh's pic will shoot in U.K. capital

LONDON — Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan” is set to be the latest Hollywood franchise to hit U.K. shores, it was announced Wednesday.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London, the capital’s film and media agency, revealed that the relaunch of the Paramount franchise joins a slate of high-profile Hollywood titles shooting in the capital this year.

The news comes a week after it was revealed that Doug Liman’s “All You Need Is Kill” is to take up residency at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studios.

“I am delighted to be announcing another fantastic list of titles shooting here this year,” said Wootton. “Our goal is to make London a truly global film production center. London is an iconic location. We are the movie set.”

Other major London-based productions in 2012 include Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” Disney’s “Maleficent” and Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious 6″ all now in production, as well as Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass 2,” Marvel Studios’ “Thor 2: The Dark World” and Richard Curtis’ “About Time.”

London is home to approximately 75% of the U.K. industry and features shooting in the capital and studios close to the city generated over £950 million ($1.48 billion) from production spend alone in 2011 for the local economy.

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