Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan is likely to visit Sri Lanka next year to shoot the film “Toomai of the Elephants”, an adaptation of a story from Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book”, starring former Brosnan and veteran Omar Sharif.
According to the AFP news agency filming is set to begin in January, and many local film professionals see it as a major chance to advertise Sri Lanka as a flexible and attractive film location.
“The post-war era has opened doors for more movies to be shot in Sri Lanka,” Chandran Rutnam, a Sri Lankan film maker who wrote the “Toomai of the Elephants” script, told AFP.
Rutnam was also production manager alongside director Steven Spielberg on the 1984 blockbuster “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. It was shot in and around the royal city of Kandy.
“We are encouraging foreign artists and film crews to shoot in our country to experience its beauty,” Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, deputy minister of economic development, told AFP.
“The whole country is now open for locations. We see this kind of work promotes our country as a tourist destination, promotes skills and helps local economic activity.”
Abeywardene also said that foreign films would advertise “the vast development work the government has undertaken since the war ended” — a claim that many ethnic-minority Tamils and civil rights groups dispute.