British film director Ridley Scott is planning to produce a movie about the historic summit between US President Ronald Reagan and the last head of state of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavík in 1986, and may shoot it there.
For that to happen, the Icelandic government has to increase refund of the production cost from 14 to 20 percent, according to Leifur B. Dagfinnsson at Icelandic film production company True North, which has worked closely with Scott’s production company, ScottFree Productions, Fréttabladid reports.
Representatives from ScottFree came to Iceland last summer to investigate the possibility of shooting the film in Reykjavík. They met with former Mayor Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson, who expressed his interest in the project and gave the film producers permission to shoot in Höfdi House, where the summit was held.
New Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson confirmed last October that Reykjavík City is still interested in participating in the project.
The representatives of ScottFree also met with Minister of Industry Össur Skarphédinsson who also expressed interest in the project. At the meeting a possible increase in refund as a basis for shooting the movie in Iceland was mentioned.
“The members of the cabinet would like to see Iceland become a major movie industry center. But that doesn’t change the fact that legal difficulties are involved if the government is supposed to take certain actions [in relation to increasing the refund],” Skarphédinsson told Fréttabladid.
“We have to review the competitive position and see whether it has changed. I have full understanding for the situation, but I cannot promise anything,” the minister concluded.
Click here to read about Gorbachev’s visit to Reykjavík in October 2006.