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May 23, 2003

Terrorists sure know how to hurt their own people and further damage an economy

Terror fears force Baz blockbuster out

Well, Nicole is after all from Australia, so this too is good for the home folks. This story found via Instapundit at timblair The recent Morocco attack brought this venue change about
Fears that terrorists could target Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio in Morocco have forced Baz Luhrmann to move his big budget epic Alexander the Great to Australia.

The shift in locations is huge news for the Australian film industry and economy as Alexander the Great's budget is reportedly worth more than $US200 million ($A306.16 million).

Thousands of jobs would be created as the film requires huge sets and thousands of extras.

"Unless the situation changes in five or six months any important American actor could be a target," Alexander the Great's producer Dino De Laurentiis (Laurentiis) told today's edition of Daily Variety.

"That is a risk I cannot take."

The Australian film industry could benefit more from unrest in Africa and the Middle East.

Numerous epics are also scheduled to shoot in Morocco but could now be looking elsewhere, including Gladiator 2, Tripoli and director Oliver Stone's rival Alexander the Great film.

The next instalment of Star Wars and Indiana Jones were to be shot in Morocco but the Hollywood studios are examining new locations.

Luhrmann and Laurentiis had built a studio in Morocco to house their film but the location was just 500km away from the city of Casablanca where 41 civilians were killed in suicide attacks last week.

Luhrmann plans to start shooting digital footage of the film in November and begin rehearsals with DiCaprio in January.

While Kidman would obviously be pleased with the shift from Morocco to her homeland, DiCaprio also likely wouldn't mind spending months in Australia.

Last year in an interview with AAP to promote his film Catch Me If You Can, DiCaprio scolded his director Steven Spielberg and co-star Tom Hanks when they admitted they have never been to Australia.

"I can't believe you guys haven't been to Australia," DiCaprio said to Spielberg and Hanks.

"I've been there twice. I just can't believe you've never been there."
This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/05/23/1053585676259.html