Belgian movie producers take aim at UK

belgian_cinemaThe Belgian cinema industry is hoping to interest British producers and have been making their appeal at Cinema Made an event in London aimed at encouraging UK producers to get on board.


Belgium offers its film industry a tax shelter as well as regional film funds which it is hoped would be an added attraction to the Brits. According to one tax expert in Belgium, British producers are way behind other European countries who are taking advantage of the schemes aimed at the movie making industry.


Some of the movies that have been filmed in Belgium include “Looking for Eric” a movie about the former France international footballer Eric Cantona, “Parade’s End”, and “The Winter Queen”. But the British movie makers have been slow to the uptake where the Belgian offers are concerned. On the other hand, the television producers have caught hold of a good thing with the new UK TV series “Which Is Witch” being shot there.


Cinema Made attracted around 50 UK producers to the event held at Covent Garden in London. Belgian tax schemes are said to generate €200 million per annum.


Smurfs 2, tops in Uk


The Smurfs have painted the UK blue topping the box office with the sequel to their firstanimated film. Smurfs 2 topped the box office with £3.2 million pounds in its first weekend beating, The Heat and The Conjuring.

The debut was £500,000 short of the first Smurfs film in 2011. Monsters University andDespicable Me 2 are the other animated films still being shown in cinemas. The 3D family comedy film is loosely based on the Belgian comic characters and is the second of a planned trilogy.

In this sequel Smurfette is kidnapped and taken to Paris by the evil Gargamel and the rest of the Smurfs have to rush to save her. The cast of the Sony Pictures Animation film includesShaquille OnealKaty PerryChristina RicciJB Smoove, and Hank Azaria as Gargamel.

Pop star Britney Spears has contributed the song “Ooh la la” to the film’s soundtrack. Smurfs 2 was directed by Raja Gosnell as was the first Smurfs film. Gosnell is also on board to direct the third installation.

There is a Smurfs 2 game for Nintendo while Sony has teamed up with Build-A-Bear Workshop to release three customised limited edition stuffed animals of movie characters Vexy,Hackus, and Smurfette.


Kickboxer Gets a Reboot


Hollywood classics continue to be remade and Jean-Claude Van Damme is no exception a remake of his 1989 hit Kickboxer in the works. Stephen Fung has signed on to direct the film which will be produced by Radar Pictures which also produced The Last Samurai and The Chronicles of Riddick.

Fung previously directed the movie Tai Chi Zero. This is the second Van Damme flick which will be remade as it was previously announced that another of his more popular works Bloodsport is to get a reboot. Jim McGrath and Dimitri Logothetis will write the script for the film. No word yet on whether Van Damme will make a cameo in the remake of either film but Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh is reporting that he has been offered a film by the Belgian action star.

Van Damme was in India at the International Indian Film Academy Awards where he met Mukesh. It has been reported that Van Damme is hoping to make a film in India complete with all the spice of a Bollywood film mixed in with a little romance and action. Hollywood in the meantime, continues its trend of giving movies a fresh new look. Many films have been getting the reboot over the last decade including Fame, Ice Castles, Fright Night.

Even Spiderman which was only ten years old got a reboot last year.