Con-Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider director Simon West will shoot his upcoming historic drama Antara in Saudi Arabia within the nation’s rising manufacturing hub of Neom.

Primarily based on a real story, the movie revolves round Antara ibn Shaddad, an imprisoned warrior who was propelled to stardom within the sixth century, each as a knight and a poet.

The movie is co-produced by author and producer Alexander Amartei and producer Stuart Sutherland (Killing Eve, Born A King, The Man Who Fell To Earth). Sutherland has expertise of working in Saudi Arabia, having been a co-producer on the Gerard Butler-starring motion image Kandahar, which additionally shot within the nation.

The manufacturing is scheduled to spend 12 weeks at Neom in northwest Saudi Arabia from early 2024.

The movie will faucet into Neom’s 40% money rebate for function movies, TV dramas, actuality reveals, documentaries and commercials. It will likely be based mostly at Neom’s Bajdah Studios and likewise makes use of the close by Purple Sea shoreline.

 “Bringing the story of Antara ibn Shaddad to the big screen and the masses is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to continue his legend. The life of Antara is one of those relatively little-known true stories that prove that fact can be so much stranger than fiction.” stated West.

“The opportunity to film in the homeland of the Banu Abs tribe means we will keep true to the piece whilst helping to grow the emerging film industry in the region. It’s a project I’m thrilled to be involved with and I am looking forward to creating something unique for a global audience.”

Neom Managing Director of Media Industries, Leisure, and Tradition Wayne Borg stated the arrival of a giant worldwide manufacturing like Antara was additional proof of the rising confidence movie producers have in Neom.

“They also boost our ecosystem’s development by providing unparalleled work experience opportunities for young Saudis and fast-track the development and growth of the local workforce,” he added.

Productions because of shoot in Neom this fall embrace MBC’s Exceptional, a TV drama collection comprising 200 episodes per 12 months, and Hobal, the Saudi function movie directed by acclaimed Saudi Arabian Abdulaziz Alshlahei.

Two Telfaz options are additionally because of shoot as a part of a beforehand introduced partnership that goals to create as much as 9 TV and movie productions over the subsequent three years.