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Terry George to direct Afghanistan-Set Action Movie Riverman
18 May 2023 : News Desk
Terry George
Oscar-winning Irish director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) is set for Afghanistan-set actioner Riverman which will be shot in Saudi Arabia’s NEOM regional production hub.

The film is inspired by true events that unfolded between 2001-2008 during the war in Afghanistan, Riverman revolves around a Royal Marine named Max who after a series of devastating events, is recruited by a private arms dealer to supply weapons to private armies around the world. “Despite being trained to cope with the deadliest situations on Earth, nothing can prepare Max for the high-stakes world of arms dealing,” says the provided synopsis.

Casting on Riverman is still underway, with principal photography set for January 2024 in NEOM, the sprawling area situated along Saudi’s Red Sea coast in Tabuk. NEOM now boasts world-class sound stages, a 40% plus rebate, and local talent and crews.

The Riverman production will be led by a trio of UK outfits and producers: Future Artists Entertainment under Matt Williams (Bank of Dave), Camilla Storey (Bitter Harvest) of TMS Productions, and Mark Foligno of Limelight CTL (The King’s Speech).

“Riverman is an action-packed movie that explores ideas of heroism, corruption, and temptation within the dark and dangerous world of arms dealing and warfare” Williams said in a statement.

NEOM has been a location for some 30 productions over the past 18 months including British director Rupert Wyatt’s historical tentpole Desert Warrior starring Anthony Mackie and Ben Kingsley, Bollywood blockbuster Dunki directed by Rajkumar Hirani starring Shahrukh Khan; and TV series Rise of The Witches touted as having the region’s highest budget ever.

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