Hollywood ‘Top Gun’ producer shoots movie in Abu Dhabi

The thriller is the first major production to qualify for a new 30% rebate for film production
Hollywood ‘Top Gun’ producer shoots movie in Abu Dhabi
Jerry Bruckheimer. (Getty Images)
By Shane McGinley
Mon 05 Aug 2013 11:23 AM

A new Hollywood movie being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind major blockbusters such as Top Gun and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, has been filming in the desert outside Abu Dhabi, officials in the UAE capital confirmed.

‘Beware the Night’, a new movie from Sony's Screen Gems production arm and Jerry Bruckheimer Films began shooting in Abu Dhabi over the weekend, with the emirate's film production company twofour54 intaj providing a host of production facilities and services in its role as local production partner.

The film is directed by Scott Derrickson, who previously worked on ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ and ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ and the crew spent two days shooting in the Liwa desert, with an additional day of aerial shots, and a further day shooting on a purpose-built set at twofour54 intaj's Studio B in Abu Dhabi.

Digital Studio, Arabian Business’ sister publication, has learnt members of the US production remained in Abu Dhabi after shooting wrapped on Sunday morning to scout possible locations for future productions.

The paranormal thriller is based on a NY cop's true story and the cast for the film includes household names like Australian actor Eric Bana, English actor Sean Harris and American comedian Joel McHale.

The movie is the first major production to take advantage of Abu Dhabi's recently-introduced 30 percent rebate for film production.

“Abu Dhabi seemed like the natural choice for this feature because of its unique desert landscape, the 30 percent production rebate and because of the competitively priced production services and facilities on offer here,” said Glenn Gainor, executive producer of ‘Beware the Night’.

Abu Dhabi “assisted with location scouting and we’ve been able to limit the size of our travelling crew due to the quality of crew available locally through our UAE producer twofour54 intaj. We look forward to welcoming young Emiratis as part of the production team and to getting the cameras rolling for crucial scenes of this supernatural thriller, including the opening sequence and a key flashback,” he added.

twofour54 CEO Noura Al Kaabi added: "One particularly exciting aspect about Hollywood movies such as ‘Beware the Night’ being filmed in Abu Dhabi, is the opportunities they afford to young Emiratis seeking filmmaking experience. The inspiration gained on set and on location will drive a new generation of Emirati talent and ultimately help to build Abu Dhabi’s film and entertainment industries.”

In addition to providing the rebate and location options, twofour54 and Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) has supported ‘Beware The Night’ with visas, filming permits, customs support and twofour54 intaj has provided full production services including crew, equipment, studios and other services.

Local production companies and service providers including airlines, hotels and restaurant are expected to benefit from the growing number of regional and international productions choosing the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as location of choice for their shoot.

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