Bahrain filming on Jason Statham spy film delayed

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Hollywood action hero Jason Statham.

Hollywood action hero Jason Statham.

Filming in Bahrain on a new $35m spy movie set to star Hollywood action star Jason Statham has been delayed after authorities could not find a suitable location to build a new 20,000sqm film studio in time to start production.

The Bahrain Film Studio and Academy was due to be built by the end of 2013 for filming could start on action spy movie ‘Bulldog Drummond: Hero for Hire’.

A suitable location could not be found and filming has been delayed, meaning the film will not be released until 2015, according to a report by the Gulf Daily News.

The film, due to star British Hollywood actor Jason Stratham in the lead role is being produced by London-based Twickenham Films and its sister company Oasis Films.

"We are scheduling to shoot the Gulf scenes of Bulldog Drummond: Hero for Hire next year in Bahrain, with the UK scenes being shot prior. The film will be marked for a 2015 release," executive producer James Black was quoted as saying.

The film will follow the adventures of a fictional British spy, Bulldog Drummond and is based on a series of novels published between 1920 and 1954. James Bond author Ian Fleming has admitted he used the character as inspiration for his own series of novels and films.

The film producers have also urged Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) to push ahead with the introduction of a tax rebate scheme to help attract more movies to the island state.

"We are proposing to the government to create a film tax rebate similar to those that already existing in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar,” Black added.

"Film rebates which exist in many countries around the world are what attract film makers to the country. The UK has a 20 per cent film tax credit, meaning a film completely shot in the UK on a 10 million pound budget gets two million back from the government," he said.

"Abu Dhabi gives a 30 percent rebate. We are also recommending to the Bahrain government the creation of Film Bahrain - an official body to promote Bahrain globally to film and television producers."

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