Producers “want to send a message,” said Stephane Martinet of the Paris regional film commission.
With major film shoots including Fifty Shades Freed and Bollywood’s Befikre lined up, filming in Paris is rebounding following the terror attacks that rocked the city in November.
Both blockbusters are in the works. Freed, the next installment in Fifty Shades trilogy starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, will shoot for several days in Paris “within the first six months” of this year, according to film officials.
“It seems there is some sort of resilience among the film industry. Producers, in particular from the U.S., voiced their support to us after the attacks and reinforced their willingness to pursue their projects,” he said. “They want to send a message.”
“The first week after the terror attack, shooting froze, but one week later it started up again,” said Melanie Chebance, producers’ liaison for Film France. “There is an increased security level for everyone, but film shoots are proceeding as usual.”
She added: “Paris is a big production hub for France and internationally, and that hasn’t changed. For example, at the moment, there are 10 crews on the streets of Paris.”