Rio de Janeiro film agency investing on 'Breaking Dawn'
RioFilme, the city of Rio de Janeiro's film entity, is investing US$500,000 on the production of Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, currently (Nov. 2010) being filmed in Rio and surrounding areas.
RioFilme's $500,000, in fact, were an added incentive for Summit to shoot several Breaking Dawn segments in Brazil. Director Bill Condon, producer Wyck Godfrey, producer-writer Stephenie Meyer, and stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have all traveled to Rio for an approximately ten-day shoot.
The money will be spent on two scenes of indeterminate length featuring “postcard images” of Rio de Janeiro.
US$3 million in revenues
According to RioFilme director Sérgio Sá Leitão, the filming of Breaking Dawn in Rio will generate US$3 million in revenues to the state (minus the US$500,000?), in addition to the creation of 500 jobs – including one for Brazilian model Raphael Martins, Robert Pattinson's local stand-in.
RioFilme will have at its disposal US$3 million per year to invest on such international projects. Leitão ads that RioFilme “will only invest in movies that show Rio in a very favorable light.”
In Breaking Dawn - Part 1, a tropical islet off the coast of Rio – Isle Esme – is the setting of the honeymoon of the vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and the human Bella Swan Cullen (Kristen Stewart). That's when Bella discovers she's pregnant, a situation that leads to all sorts of trouble once the Cullens return to Washington State.
'Breaking Dawn' director Bill Condon: 'Forget Stallone'
Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon and producer Wyck Godfrey, along with RioFilme director Sérgio Sá Leitão, chatted with journalists about filming Edward and Bella's honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro, where the presence of idols Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart has caused a commotion among fans and the local media.
Godfrey declared that he and his crew felt perfectly safe – Rio is internationally notorious for its murders and muggings – thanks to the support of both state and city governments, adding that the efforts of their Brazilian production partners, Total Entertainment and Zohar Cinema, made things even easier.
The highlight of the interview was when Condon was asked about Sylvester Stallone's 2010 Comic-Con remarks about filming in Rio. The Oscar-winning filmmaker answered:*
The whole crew is loving their reception by the people of Rio. Forget Stallone.
'Take a monkey home'
Among other things, Sylvester Stallone said the following at Comic-Con earlier this year, while reminiscing about his experiences during the filming of The Expendables in Rio de Janeiro:
You can shoot people and blow things up and they say, 'Thank you! Take a monkey home with you!' We couldn't have pulled off what we did [somewhere else]. We blew up huge plots of land. It was like, Everybody bring their hot dogs. We're having a BBQ today. We're gonna blow up this village.
Information about RioFilme's $500,000 Breaking Dawn grant: Folha de São Paulo.
Bill Condon's quote via the Rio de Janeiro daily Jornal do Brasil.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart street dancing: AgNews / Capricho.