Italian film producer Andrea Iervolino, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated film say it like a woman and the next one by Michael Mann ferrari biopic, is drawing up plans for a new movie studio complex in Tuscany.
Iervolino says that the $55 million (50 million euros) backlot, Tuscany Film Studios, will be located outside of Florence and could begin operations as early as fall 2024.
“My idea is simple,” said Iervolino. THR Rome. “To create a state-of-the-art cinema center in a place that is itself one of the most beautiful in the world, where stars would gladly come to shoot… I was in Rome the other day, having dinner with James Franco. I told him about the project, which is already in the operational phase, and he told me: ‘Tomorrow I would come to shoot there!’
Italy is enjoying a production boom right now, thanks to the country’s generous 40 percent tax incentive for international shoots and Italian government support for Rome’s legendary Cinecittà state studio. mann shot ferrari, starring Adam Driver and Penélope Cruz and which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival later this month, in the studio. Joe Wright settles in Cinecittà with the Italian star Luca Marinelli (the old guard) for his miniseries on the birth of Mussolini M. Son of the Century. And Roland Emmerich used the Eternal City as the backdrop for his new gladiator series. those who are going to diestarring Anthony Hopkins.
With this growing demand, independent producers see an opportunity to develop Italy’s production capacity. Tarak Ben Ammar, owner of Italy’s leading independent distributor Eagle Pictures, recently announced plans to start his own $50 million-plus studio outside of Rome.
Iervolino’s plans are to build a backlot with traditional soundstages and others equipped for VR (the studio will be the largest VR studio complex in Italy) and 360-degree production.
“360-degree live-action cinema is the great frontier of the future,” Iervolino said, saying his new studios will be equipped to produce content for new VR headsets like Apple’s Vision Pro. “We have already acquired a huge library of backgrounds and settings from around the world, which means that even for immersive 360-degree reality, there will be no need to go to Siberia or Bangkok to film a scene set in Siberia or Bangkok. ”.
The ambitious plans will also include a public movie theater, production offices and a hotel in the same complex.
“The hotel will be a luxury resort designed to house the actors who come to film at our studios. It will also be open to private customers. At the same time we will organize visits to the surroundings, to wine estates. We plan to connect quality tourism with film production.”
Backed by billionaire heiress Monika Bacardi, Iervolino has created several media companies, including AMBI Media Group, Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment, TaTaTu and Space 11, the latter a production group that is teaming up with SpaceX insiders from Elon. Musk to produce projects to be shot in outer space. next to Mann ferrariIervolino also produced Lamborghini: the man behind the legend stars Frank Grillo, Gabriel Byrne and Mira Sorvino and is in development into another race car legend: Maserati: a life of racing. In May, Iervolino acquired a stake in the American professional soccer team Miami FC.