Allen Offered $17M to Film in Rio

A Rio de Janeiro production studio, in conjunction with the local mayor’s office, has offered Woody Allen $17 million if he comes and shoots his next film locally.

A report by Agence France Presse, citing the Brazilian daily Folha de Sao Paulo, says that the production studio, Conspiracao, has said it would hand over $15 million while the town would pony up $1.7 million for a film that would be shot in 2012.

The director’s producer Letty Aronson reportedly visited the area last week.

Allen’s next film takes place in London and the director has recently been vocal about wanting to shoot in Paris to take advantage of a new tax rebate open to foreign productions — and possibly cast the president’s wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, as he’s mentioned he might like to do more than once.

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