Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia will be featured in Hollywood’s “The Bricklayer”

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Thessaloniki and the wider region of Central Macedonia will feature in a new Hollywood film to begin filming March 15regional governor of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas announced this week.

Tzitzikostas met the producer of Millennium Media Robert Van Norden, Officials of the Film Board of Central Macedonia and Deputy Governor for Tourism and Culture Alexander Thanos to discuss production details of the action thriller Mason will be directed by Renny Harlin, star Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev, and hit screens in 2023. Harlin is behind popular blockbusters such as die hard 2, thriller and long kiss good night.

Production is set at create 1,000 jobs and contribute greatly to the promotion of the region. The scenes will be shot at the Millennium studio in Thermi, throughout the city of Thessaloniki, in Halkidiki and in several regions of Central Macedonia.

At least 3,000 background actors will be needed for the film, which will also involve Greek professionals. parts of Mason who will be filmed in Greek.

Millennium Media producer Robert Van Norden, Governor of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas and Deputy Governor Alexandros Thanos.

Tzitzikostas underlined the importance of the film for the region of Central Macedonia and Thessaloniki, as it will present the region all over the world. He added that it will “mainly contribute to the economy of the region as it will employ thousands of workers” from dozens of sectors and involve local businesses.

The movie is budgeted at 21 million euroshe said, which will enter the local economy and give a significant boost to many businesses creating thousands of new jobs at the same time.

He added that the project would not have been possible without the support of the Central Macedonia Region Film Office. Based in Thessaloniki, the Film Office is the first operation of this type created by a regional authority and serves as an intermediary to simplify procedures.

Tzitzikostas noted that the region of Central Macedonia aims in 2022 to see at least five to six films shot in the region. “That, however, depends on the evolution of the pandemic, which unfortunately is already creating delays,” he said.

Robert Van Norden, Producer of Millennium Media, and Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Governor of Central Macedonia

For his part, Van Norden said he was happy to shoot in the region and mentioned in particular the Greek hospitality.

“Through the film, we will present Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia to the world for the first time as a new film setting. We will portray the city as it is: a modern urban center with a long history and roots in the past,” he said.

“Much of the global audience will see a new destination in cinema, a destination that has never been seen before. The global audiovisual industry is always on the lookout for new destinations, for something new, for something different. is also an important advantage for us,” he said.

Van Norden added that Millennium Media has sequel plans for Mason.

In recent years, Greece has taken steps, including offering generous incentives and tax breaks, in an effort to attract more international film productions. Since the start of 2021, 10 major film and television productions have been shot in Greece. The government’s goal is to generate revenue while promoting Greek destinations worldwide.

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