New Hollywood blockbuster shoots in Abu Dhabi

Twofour54 intaj and ADFC bring Beware the Night to capital.
Director Scott Derrickson and his assistant survey the scene.
Director Scott Derrickson and his assistant survey the scene.

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

The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Pirates of the Caribbean), and 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 has also exclusively learnt that members of the US production crew will be staying on in Abu Dhabi after shooting wraps on Sunday morning to scout possible locations for future productions, ably assisted by twofour54/ADFC's location services team.

The cast includes household names like The Incredible Hulk's Eric Bana, Sean Harris (24-Hour Party People, Prometheus) and comedian Joel McHale (Spykids, Spiderman 2).

The movie is the first major production to take advantage of Abu Dhabi's recently-introdiuced 30 per cent rebate for film production, and Glenn Gainor, executive producer of Beware the Night, commented: “Abu Dhabi seemed like the natural choice for this feature because of its unique desert landscape, the 30% production rebate and because of the competitively priced production services and facilities on offer here. ADFC 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.”

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 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.

From what we've seen on the shoot for this paranormal thriller, based on a NY cop's true story, this looks like it could be a big attention-getter for the rapidly-growing regional industry, and a box office hit to boot, so be sure to check September's Digital Studio for a full, exclusive on-set report.
 

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