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Gilliam gets a ‘Grimm’ start date

Dimension shoots in Czech city for first time

PRAGUE — The Terry Gilliam-helmed “Brothers Grimm” will start filming in Prague on June 30.

The horror/comedy fairytale fictionalization of the Grimm brothers’ lives had been floated for Prague for well over a year before getting the final go-ahead when Miramax’s Dimension Films partnered with MGM to co-finance, produce and handle domestic distribution on the $75 million pic.

Principal photography gets under way June 30. The 17-week shoot films through Oct. 23 at Barrandov and on location in the Czech Republic.

Heath Ledger and Matt Damon are slated to play German authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as traveling spellbusters, claiming to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures until they come face to face with a real magical curse.

John Schofield exec produces and Daniel Bobker produces. Artistic team carries an Italian accent, including DP Nicola Pecorini and costume designer Gabriella Pescucci, who brings the “Van Helsing” design team back to Prague. Guy Dias designed the studio-heavy set.

Newcomer Reforma Films handles local production services along with vet servicer Etic.

“Brothers Grimm” is Dimension’s first foray into Prague. Company joins a growing roster of international productions summering here including Sony’s “Hell Boy” starring Ron Perlman, DreamWorks’ “Ugly Americans,” Alcon Entertainment’s “First Daughter” and U.K. pubcaster the BBC’s “Charles II.”

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