St. Petersburg studio in fire sale

Facility attempts to attract Moscow shoots

A St. Petersburg film studio is taking advantage of the forest-fire smog and heatwave in Moscow to promote the northern city as a venue to help film productions postponed by the extraordinary weather conditions.

Russian World Studios, which recently built a facility in St. Petersburg, said Tuesday that it was in talks with a number of Moscow-based film companies hit by the dense smog and record-breaking temperatures.

Yuri Evdokimov, head of the RWS studios in St. Petersburg, said it was working normally.

While Tuesday’s weather in Moscow was 95F and dry, in St. Petersburg it was 75F and raining.

Last week Summit Entertainment/New Regency shut down production on Moscow-set alien-invasion feature “The Darkest Hour” for two weeks after dense smog blanketed the capital and authorities issued health warnings.

“On any production the health and safety of the actors and crew is of primary concern,” a spokesman for Summit said at the time.

Thousands of people have lost their homes and there have been 52 deaths so far from Russia’s worst ever wildfires, which have ravaged some 60 square miles of land.

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