Channing Tatum fan Suuded from Germany sent me a quick news byte on Chan's upcoming Roman epic, 'The Eagle of the Ninth'.
As I already reported, the movie will be directed by Kevin MacDonald, will also star Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland, and is going to be based in Glascow, Scotland.
More specifically, Suuded confirmed that this August the production (which held an extras casting call earlier this month) will be based at Film City Glasgow. In addition to providing production office space, the facililty boasts the country's first Dolby theatre, a new filming studio, rehearsal space, and state of the art sound and picture editing suites. It's Scotland's new campus for the independent film and media industry and is located within Glasgow's historic Govan Town Hall.
'The Eagle of the Ninth' is based on the best-selling, classic 1954 teen novel by Rosemary Sutcliff. The film will be directed by Kevin MacDonald and the screenplay was adapted by Jeremy Brock (who previously worked with MacDonald on the award winning 'The Last King Of Scotland'),
Set in Britain during the 2nd century A.D., it's the story of a wounded Roman soldier (Channing Tatum) and his Celtic slave (Jamie Bell) who embark on a perilous journey into the far north to discover what happened the Ninth Legion, which went on a mission into the wilds of Scotland 15 years earlier and never came back. The soldier's father was the legion's general, and his disappearance, along with the loss of the legion's symbol, the eponymous eagle, cast a stain upon his family.
I have read that the production is supposed to start filming in in Hungary and ScotlandAugust. They will film in Glasgow for approximately 5 or 6 weeks and will then take smaller crews into the Highlands for 3 or 4 weeks. Many of the scenes will be filmed near Loch Lomond, in addition to other Highland areas in Scotland.
The film did exceptionally well at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival by acquiring distributors in every major territory around the world. If everything stays on schedule, 'The Eagle of the Ninth' is supposed to hit theaters some time in 2010!!!
Thanks to Suued for the news!