TEMPEST IN PREPRODUCTION FOR LANAI-BIG ISLAND FILMING

TEMPEST IN PREPRODUCTION FOR LANAI-BIG ISLAND FILMING

 

 

UPDATE KNIGHT RIDER: NBC has given a full-season order to Knight Rider which begins two days of filming here next week on the North Shore. It’s NBC’s first back nine pickup this season. David BartisDoug Liman and Gary Scott Thompson exec produce Knight Rider. Much of the Oahu filming will be done in and around the Turtle Bay Resort…

 

It’s all a go for Miramax’s The Tempest starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand (below), Alfred Molina, 

Ben Wishaw, Felicity Jones (below) though Jeremy Irons participation is in question. Another Oscar winner –  Geoffrey Rush – is in negotiations to join the cast…According to production executives, Tempest – directed by Julie Taymor – will do three weeks filming on Lanai beginning in mid November followed by two weeks on the Big Island…

 

The production will wrap before the Christmas holiday…The $20-million film is an adaptation of the Shakespeare play. All the actors are working far below their normal salary, sources said…

 

 

Total crew will be about 70 with 50 from Hawaii, including – hopefully – some Maui crew…The budget also includes some three weeks of stage filming interiors in New York city with Mirren. All the interiors will be done on stage in New York. Hawaii will strictly be exterior filming…

 

The film will premier in 2009…

 

Taymor’s take on the classic play is a gender-defying twist with Mirren reigning over the story’s magical island. Although the real Shakespeare play centers on Prospero, an exiled duke-turned-sorcerer, Taymor has rechristened the lead character Prospera so that a female – Mirren –  can take that part…Taymor also directed Disney’s Broadway musical adaptation of The Lion King and Disney’s specialty division Miramax, which released her Salma Hayek-starrer Frida.

 

The Tempest is produced by Bob Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Julie Taylor-Stanley and Taymor. Miramax has the rights to all English-speaking territories; Icon is handling foreign sales…Lanai was selected for its picturesque quality, and being isolated and rugged.. 

 

The cast and crew will be staying at any one of the three Lanai hotels. The production is working with the Four Seasons on discounted rates but no deal has been completed…

 

Wheel of Fortune while filming last month on the Big Island gave away a grand total of $1,029,790 in cash and prizes.  The first week of the shows, “Hawaii’s Big Island,” will air November 5-7 and November 10-11). These will feature all Hawaiian residents. The festivities continue with “Best Friends Week” airing November 12-14 and November 17-18 and feature island buddies playing together. The third week is Wheel Goes Waikoloa” airing November 19-21 and November 24-25.  

The fourth and final week of shows, “Second Honeymoon” will air in February 2009… 


   


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