Variety has an article about how the Wachowski brothers’ “Ninja Assassin” (they wrote the script and are producing, with James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”) directing) is getting additional funding from the German Film Fund, but what’s interesting is that the article also mentions that the film is currently shooting in Germany. According to the article, the movie is “currently shooting at Studio Babelsberg near Berlin.”
Last year, the Federal Film Fund helped bankroll 99 international and domestic films, including the Wachowskis’ “Speed Racer,” which received $14 million — the biggest allotment given to any film in 2007.
Warner Bros.’ “Ninja Assassin” has already received $1 million from regional subsidy org Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which also backed the studio’s 2005 thriller “V for Vendetta,” a Silver and Wachowski production directed by McTeigue.
I didn’t even know the Germans went around investing in foreign movies. Go figure. I thought the biggest thing they ever did was try to survive the might of Uwe Boll, and doing a very poor job of it, at that.
Anyhow, the real interesting news is that “Ninja Assassin” is already in production, folks, with the guy pictured below starring. Hopefully he’ll be able to afford a shirt soon. It’s gotta be cold walking around like that…