Czech incentives program backs more productions


    PRAGUE: At least 12 productions have been approved in the recently launched Czech Film Industry Support program, receiving nearly CZK 200 million (€8.1 million) in grants.

    The productions include The Return of Xander Cage, a co-production between Stillking (www.stillking.com ) and Paramount (www.paramount.com ), a new installment in the XXX franchise, also shot in Prague. The project will receive CZK 29.8 million (€1.1 million) as a rebate on local costs. Some CZK 31.5 million (€1.2 million) of funding was assigned to Etic Films (www.etic.cz ) and The Borgias, Canal Plus' 12-episode miniseries about the notorious and Italian Renaissance dynasty, which will shoot in Prague starting in May.

    Mission: Impossible 4 will get CZK 57.6m (€2.3 million) with Czech co-producer Stillking Films currently setting up the local shoot with producers J.J. Abrams, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner. The new installment returns to Prague, where Cruise and director Brian De Palma kicked off the franchise with 1996's Mission: Impossible.

    The program assigned CZK 20.5 million for Red Tails, the Lucasfilm (www.lucasfilm.com ) co- production with Partnership Pictures (www.partnershippictures.com ) about the Tuskegee Airmen. The shoot for Red Tails had resumed in the Czech Republic this summer after primary photography last year. A CZK 16 million (€694,500) rebate was assigned to Philibert, a co-production between Prague's Okko Production (www.okko.cz ) and French Mandarin Cinema.