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Unprecedented Filming of "Jumper"

Posted: December 18th, 2006 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Unprecedented Filming of "Jumper"Submit Comment
The filmmakers of the upcoming film "Jumper" got the chance of a lifetime, by receiving permission for a three day shoot at the Colosseum. Up until now, there have only been a handful of filmmakers that received the same permission. Even Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" had to settle for a re-creation built in Malta. "They certainly don't rent it out cavalierly," said Lucas Foster, one of the producers of the film.

Director, Doug Liman, was not allowed props, lights, or even a video cart to touch the ground. But the actors and a small crew were still granted access to the amphitheater's labyrinthine guts, where gladiators and doomed beasts once awaited. The filming location is to be used for a pivotal love scene.

There is a smell of conspiracy in the air, as an employee of the Rome Film Commission, who was not authorized to discuss the matter, said that hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees had changed hands. In addition, film writers believe that the stadium was never essential to the movie. "The scene was originally written for the Pantheon," said Simon Kinberg. That night, the producers got word from city officials that for the first time they would allow shooting in the subterranean level as well.

"Jumper" revolves around a teenager from an abusive household, who discovers that he can teleport from one place to another. He uses this ability to search for the man he believes is responsible for the death of his mother, drawing the attention of the NSA, and another kid with the same power. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson. 20th Century Fox has scheduled the film for a February 15th, 2008 release date.

Click here to read more about "Jumper."

Click here to check out the set photo from the shoot

Source: The New York Times


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