Feb
04
Posted by Riikka under 'Mary Queen of Scots' with 9 Comments

Ireland is on the brink of a victory that would have made Mary Queen of Scots proud — by beating Britain in a battle for a new Hollywood blockbuster.

The €20m Mary Queen of Scots film, starring Scarlett Johansson (22) in the lead role, could be the first major movie success to be shot here since King Arthur five years ago.

The ailing Irish film industry got a serious boost recently when Showtime’s high rating prime-time drama The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, was located here.

Ardmore Studios has already been overrun by 16th Century troops in pantaloons wielding crossbows and will not need too much help to adapt to a new influx.

It is understood that the co-producer of the The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Element Pictures, is in high level talks about the film locating in Ireland.

Picturesque Birr Castle in Offaly is rumoured to be one of the potential locations for the 16th Century drama.

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ was scheduled to start shooting in London and Scotland before the tempting tax breaks on offer here caught the eye of makers Warner Independent Pictures.

The lure of Ireland’s generous cash incentives compared favourably with the far less attractive terms on offer in the UK to the Johansson film crew, a fact that was not ‘lost in translation’ by the British press.

Now it is highly likely that the UK will be axed from the American producers’ wish list for the film about the beheaded queen.

Last-ditch

A Scottish newspaper reported that last-ditch talks between the makers and film agency Scottish Screen were unlikely to prevent it transferring to Ireland.

It said the makers planned to go to Ireland to get 10pc tax relief and Scottish Screen was working frantically to try and find a way to match that.

“‘There is no way we could match the financial incentives they can get,” it said.

Directed by James Curran, ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ will tell the tale of the Catholic ruler who was beheaded when she was 42 for trying to take the English throne from her Protestant cousin Elizabeth I.

According to the promoters, the movie will see Mary “battle political enemies, scheming allies, and affairs of the heart in her quest to reunite the warring tribes of her native Scotland”.

It is understood that Johansson’s mother, Melanie, will co-produce the film.

Source: Independent.ie

  • Jennifer
    Posted on February 04, 2008

    Ireland’s beautiful, but why wouldn’t they film it in Scotland? I’m sure the Scottish movie industry would also be happy, haha.

  • Riikka
    Posted on February 04, 2008

    I agree. It would also give authenticity to the movie.

  • Caroline.
    Posted on February 05, 2008

    The person who wrote the first comment obviously didn’t read or understand the article written about what was said about the filming location for the film Mary Queen of Scots on here, which said, The lure of Ireland’s generous cash incentives compared favourably with the far less attractive terms on offer in the UK to the Johansson film crew, a fact that was not “lost in translation” by the British press.
    It did not say it was because Ireland was beautiful, as the person that wrote the first comment on here seemed to think was the reason. It is not whether Ireland is beautiful or not, it is whether Ireland would be a more suitable location to film that film, and whether the people making that film and working on the film think that.
    It said, A Scottish newspaper reported that last-ditch talks between the makers and film agency Scottish Screen were unlikely to prevent it transferring to Ireland. It said the makers planned to go to Ireland to get 10pc tax relief and Scottish Screen was working frantically to try and find a way to match that.

    “There is no way we could match the financial incentives they can get” it said.

    Because a film is about Scotland or has Scottish characters in it doesn’t mean that the film has to be filmed in Scotland, people wouldn’t go to space to film a film about space.
    As was written on this site the high rating prime-time drama The Tudors, and award winning drama was filmed in Ireland.
    The award winning film Braveheart about a character in Scotland from Scottish history was filmed mainly in Ireland.

  • Laura
    Posted on February 05, 2008

    Yea, I really do think the film should be filmed in Scotland, both locations are beautiful but since its a film about Mary, Queen of Scots, they should have it.
    I’ve heard rumors that James McAvoy is up for the lead male role in the film, any idea if this is true Riikka?

  • Riikka
    Posted on February 05, 2008

    Laura – I haven’t heard anything official but here’s to hoping! I adore James. :blush:

  • Caroline.
    Posted on February 05, 2008

    One comment on here said about both the locations being beautiful, it didn’t say on here about the location of the filming of the film, Mary Queen of Scots, that the people making the film and the people working on that film were looking for a beautiful location to make that film. I think the people making that film and the people working on that film should choose to film that film at the location that they think is the most suitable location to film that film at.

  • Jennifer
    Posted on February 05, 2008

    well thank you for the lecture, Caroline. I didn’t see the link to the full article, so I didn’t read the information about tax breaks. And I happen to have lived in both Scotland and Ireland, and I do think the landscapes look different, so it would just be nice to see a film being made in the right location. It’s understandable they want to save money, but still. anyway, I hope this will start filming soon. it’s been “in production” forever.

  • Caroline.
    Posted on February 06, 2008

    Rikka, do you know if this film will begin filming this April?.
    I think it sounds like it will be a good film.
    I can see that as the story of the film is set in Scotland, why a lot of people would think that Scotland would be the right location for it to be filmed in.

  • Peter Hancock
    Posted on February 29, 2008

    Since many of the principal events in Mary, Queen of Scots’ life took place at the following places : Linlithgow Palace (birth, 8 December 1542); Stirlinmg Castle,(coronation); refuge, Inchmahome Priory, (1547); Dumbartonb Castle (departure from Scotland); Leith (return from France, 1561); Holyroodhouse (murder of Rizzio), marriage to Bothwell); Edinburgh Castle ( birth of James VI); Kirk o’ field, Edinburgh (murder of Darnley); Dunbar Castle (rape by Bothwell); Hermitage tower (MQS’s visit to Bothwell); Lochleven Castle (imprisonment,enforced abdication, and escape ) ;
    Dindrennan abbey (last night in scotland, 1568).

    It would appear obvious that to ensure authenticity, the film should be, must be, filmed in Scotland.

    Saving a mere 10% in taxation, seems a small cost, in a E20 million
    budget, at the high price of a major loss of authenticity.

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