Netflix Extraction 2 among Flagship Projects Filming in Czech Republic


The Czech Republic is busier than ever, home to big-budget productions including the Netflix sequel Extraction 2, starring Chris Hemsworth, who moved from Australia to Prague; the streaming giant series In the west, nothing is new, with Daniel Brühl; The female version of Dangerous Liaisons by Starz and Lionsgate; Sky’s apocalyptic series Extinction; and another Netflix feature Bohemian Spaceman, with Adam Sandler.

Dangerous Liaisons takes place in 1780 in Paris, but France and the UK were not an option for us due to the expense. Prague is a more economical place to film, ”says executive producer Rob How.

Other projects include Netflix’s CIA thriller The gray man, with Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans; MGM International TV and the Peacock’s Last Light thriller, starring Matthew Fox, and Amazon and Gaumont’s Operation totems, a Cold War love story set in East Berlin, Moscow and Paris.

“The Czech Republic is very welcoming for film shoots, with a successful audiovisual industry, renowned film studios and highly qualified technicians,” says Operation totems producer Arnaud de Crémiers.

In a new impetus, the annual production incentive budget for the 20% discount has increased by 12 million euros, making it 43.5 million euros for 2021.

Disney’s Marvel Series + The Falcon and the Winter Soldier shot in October 2020 under strict Covid-19 protocols, overtaking Prague for Latvia, Tunisia, Turkey, Poland, Russia and Germany. Lionsgate White bird: a wonderful story, produced by Julia Roberts and starring Gillian Anderson, also shot in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the second season of Legendary Television’s Carnival row, with Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, resumed filming in August, notably at Barrandov Studio, with a local crew of around 900 people.

“The craftsmanship of our Czech crew was second to none,” says Carnival row showrunner Erik Oleson. “The massive sets are built in such meticulous detail you wouldn’t know you’re on a backlot. You can walk through its streets and alleys and directly into the buildings which are functional work sets. What would be prohibitive to build and film elsewhere is not only possible in the Czech Republic, locals do it for a reasonable price.

The wide variety of places in the Czech Republic range from towns, castles, castles and reservoirs to forests, mountains, caves and sandstone cliffs. The capital is divided into numbered administrative districts, with Prague 1, Prague 2 and Prague 3 being the most central. Producers need a permit from each district in which they plan to shoot. Most productions also require a permit from Technicka Sprava Komunikaci (TSK), the Prague Roads and Streets Authority.

The country is also promoting two invisible venues: Valec Castle, on the edge of the Doupov Mountains in the northwest of the Czech Republic in the Karlovy Vary region, is a 15-hectare complex with eight other movie venues, including one church, administrative building and shed. And in the south-east of the country, the 19th-century Brno underground water reservoirs in the South Moravian region opened up to filmmakers.

Financial motivations

The national incentive, known as the Czech Film Fund, offers a 20% cash back on qualifying expenses for goods and services. International fees paid to foreign actors and teams who pay withholding tax in the Czech Republic are eligible for a reduction of 66% on the withholding tax actually paid. Eligible expenditure is capped at 80% of the total budget. The fund applies to film and television, including all post-production work. There are different minimum spending levels for movies ($ 719,000; Kroner 15 million) and television series ($ 383,500; Kroner 8 million per episode), and a culture test is required. The annual budget for the incentive was recently increased by 12 million euros. Prague also offers a relatively small production fund, which is available for titles that describe Prague as Prague.

Infrastructures and crews

Barrandov Studio is one of the largest in Europe, with 13 sound stages. Its vast 160,000 square meter backlot has an artificial embankment and a natural horizon. Prague Studios has six stages and a 100,000 square meter backlot. The crews are generally fluent in English, German or French. Producers can bring in department heads, but international productions are increasingly hiring department heads locally. There is enough studio, equipment and team space to handle multiple productions of different sizes at the same time.

This feature is a condensed form of our profile in the latest issue of World of locations.

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