Palma.—The Bulletin learnt yesterday that talks are underway between the producers of the 150 million dollar film Cloud Atlas, the most expensive independent film in history, and local representatives in an attempt to secure the island as a location for part of the blockbuster shoot which features a long list of top Hollywood stars.

Adapted from the complex novel by David Mitchell, already signed up for the film are Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon (no stranger to Majorca), Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent.

But there are also rumours that Natalie Portman, Sir Ian Mckellen and Hugh Grant could also be involved in the epic production which is going to be directed by both The Wachowskis (The Matrix films, Speed Racer) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The International).

Germany is going to be the main production location but it is understood that other locations could include Glasgow and Majorca.
The Bulletin, revealed last month that a crew of around 400 people could be shooting for as long as three weeks on the island if the project goes ahead.

The Majorcan audio visual industry, has been working extremely hard to put Majorca on the global movie map and it appears to be succeeding. Harvey Keitel and his wife Daphna Kastner will be shooting her new film on the island next year and there are more projects in the wings. But, having a 150 million dollar blockbuster use the island will be a major break- through for the local audio visual industry and also priceless promotion for Majorca.

The local film community has also put forward a proposal to Central Government for a new regional fiscal incentive to attract more film and TV productions. “If you look at Germany, in the last two years since setting up their incentives, they have attracted about 12.5 million euros from productions, while Spain has lost about 1.3 million euros over the same period due to films wanting to come to Spain but didn't because other countries had better incentives,” a source said.

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