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Guy Fawkes film to be shot in York
PRODUCERS are plotting to make a £20 million film about Guy Fawkes, with filming to take place in the conspirator’s home city of York.
The movie about Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, is being proposed by ELSA, an independent production company that develops, finances and produces feature films.
Spokesman Scott Rhodes said it would be targeted at the 18 to 25-year-old market, and have elements of Pirates Of The Caribbean and also darker thrillers such as Se7en.
He said a big name such as Orlando Bloom would be targeted for the lead role, and the intention would be to film in the streets of York and also at studios situated at the University of York. He said there would be huge benefits to the city’s tourist economy.
“Imagine the impact if the opening credits had Guy walking past the Minster,” he said.
Mr Rhodes said a wealthy Dubai investor had already pledged £8 million towards the venture and ELSA was now seeking investment from private individuals to raise £150,000 in return for a 20 per cent shareholding in the company. The investment was suitable for “high net worth individuals or self- certified investors”, with a minimum investment of £10,000.
“With an expected budget of £20 million, Guy Fawkes – which is the working title – is initially attracting investment through the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and is a very attractive opportunity for early investors,” he said.
“Among the benefits, SEIS investors will enjoy an incredible 50 per cent income tax relief by investing in this project.”
Mr Rhodes said the film had been under discussion for about a year and he anticipated production would take place in 2015 and release in 2016, with Sid Sadowskyj as producer.
ELSA says on its website: “Assassination, intrigue, persecution, spying, mass murder and finally a plot to blow up Parliament. This is the true story of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the events that lead up to and after a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby and Guy Fawkes.”
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