Filming of 'OotP' to stay in the UK

  October 22, 2005 at 2:59 PM ET
  Geri     HPANA (via The Times)
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A few months ago we reportedopens in new window a news story that the filming for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix may be moved to the Czech Republic but Warner Bros. has now confirmedopens in new window that the filming of the fifth movie will indeed take place in the UK.

A spokesman for Warner Bros. told The Times that: "The next Harry Potter film will be shot in the UK.

The proposed fifth film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is expected by industry analysts to have a production budget of close to $150 million (£85 million). The decision to produce the film in the UK will create hundreds of jobs directly and many times more jobs indirectly, through related activities such as visual effects and catering.

It is believed that Warner Bros ultimately made its decision to keep the film in Britain because of the cost of relocating the extensive sets and talent overseas.

Production is scheduled to being at the start of 2006 with David Yates directing.


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