TWEET: Mission: Blacklist screenwriter talks pre-produciton status and new director, Jesper Ganslandt

YAY! All has been quiet on the waterfront but screenwriter, Dylan Kussman, dropped a little hint about the progress of the film:

Jesper Ganslandt took over the helm of Mission: Blacklist when Jean Stephane-Sauvaire left the film last month. Click HERE if you missed the announcement. We’ll keep you posted!

FUNDING: Mission: Blacklist qualifies for California tax credits to fund filming in the state

The Hollywood Reporter released a list of films that qualify for California tax credits and Mission: Blacklist is on the list. From THR:

Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 2.17.24 PMFor the fifth year the state is handing out $100 million to help keep production in the state — with 14 features, 12 cable series, two TV movies and two relocating series qualifying in 2013.

The Entourage feature film, cable series Bunheads and Major Crimes and the TV movie Cloudy With A Chance of Love are among the projects set to share in up to $100 million in tax credits from the state of California for the fiscal year running from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

The list of 31 projects that qualifies includes 14 feature films, 12 basic cable series, two relocating series and two movies of the week. The relocating series, which qualify for a 25 percent credit, are the fourth season of the MTV show Teen Wolf and TNT’s King & Maxwell.

This is the fifth year that the state has made funding available under a program that began in 2009. Not all of those listed below will actually get money, because some will drop out or move to another state and many TV projects are pending renewals. There is a waiting list of projects that will then be moved up and qualify for funding.

For the full list, click HERE.

Could Mission: Blacklist be finding a home in California? Iraqi scenery rebuilt in the arid deserts heading east of the state? We’ll keep you posted. Eric Maddox reported that filming would begin August 2013.

Thanks Clara for the heads up!

PHOTO: Robert Pattinson and Eric Maddox

Robert Pattinson, who will play Eric Maddox in Mission: Blacklist, photographed with Eric in an undated photo. Mission: Blacklist is rumored to begin filming in April 2013.

Eric Maddox wrote the book Mission Blacklist #1 – his real life story about being a military interrogator which chronicles the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Eric Maddox and Robert Pattinson

Eric Maddox and Robert Pattinson

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Rob Pattinson talks ‘Mission: Blacklist’ shooting in Iraq – “beautiful, stunning palaces look like Kubrick sets”

Robert Pattinson sat down with MTV a couple of weeks ago to promote his current film, Cosmopolis. During the interview, he discussed his future films and Mission: Blacklist was mentioned.

In case you can’t see the video, here’s the transcript of the section discussing Mission: Blacklist:

Josh Horowitz: That’s the word, that you may be shooting this film in Iraq. Are you looking forward to that? Is that the plan?

Robert Pattinson: The director is there now and I want to do it there. Obviously it’s quite difficult to shoot there. I think it’s a fascinating country. The director has been sending me pictures of the actual palaces where the US army was based and they’re beautiful. Just stunning. They look like Kubrick sets and they’re all empty just sitting there.

Starts at 1:20:

 

NEW: Robert Pattinson talks Mission: Blacklist – Will film entirely in Iraq; Starts in a month

In the September issue of Black Book magazine, Robert Pattinson is on the cover and in his interview, he mentioned Mission: Blacklist. The key points in the article are filming will be entirely in Iraq and Rob leaves next month.

The article was from the perspective of Rob’s heart (???) so keep that in mind when you read the excerpt:

Transcript:

After Twilight hit, things changed. Rob, as they say, broke. “My circle of friends narrowed pretty quickly.” Says Rob, “I like to be the parasite, not the other way around.” We stopped going out. We stopped performing at open mics. Now I hardly ever race anymore. Now, when he’s not being Edward or Eric or someone else, Rob lives like the Hermit of Silver Lake. He wakes up and makes himself some juice. He reads synopses of books on Amazon for a few hours. He makes himself soup and peruses some scripts. Largely these are just words, congealed and bland like day-old porridge, microwaved rehashes of other supernatural epics. Occasionally, I spike when something he reads intrigues me. Like his next drama by the French-Liberian director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who’s last film, Johnny Mad Dog, is about Congolese child soldiers. This one will be filmed entirely in Iraq. We leave next month. Perhaps there, the bullets whistling by, or at least the possibility that a bullet could whistle by, will cause me to throb. Until then, we’ll bide our time in the back of a car, idling at an intersection and waiting for the light to change. Jeff asks if we’d like to go anywhere in particular, but we’re not sure. “I never go anywhere.” Rob says matter-of-factly, “I don’t even know where anywhere is.”

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