Saturday 24 February 2018

Chicago Spire developer to make €30m film

Nick Webb and Roisin Burke

DEVELOPER Garrett Kelleher's film production firm is making its biggest movie yet.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Bill Nighy and Chinese star Fan Bingbing, The Moon and The Sun is a €30m budget fantasy adventure due to start filming in Australia in 2014.

Kelleher's Los Angeles-based studio Lightstream Pictures is co-producing the film, along with former Fox Studios chief executive and chairman Bill Mechanic, a close collaborator with Lightstream.

The movie is described as an 'adult fairytale' about the French King Louis XIV, with Brosnan playing the 'Sun King' who kidnaps a mermaid to steal its life force.

Avid film buff Kelleher has been involved in the movie business for a decade, since he helped raise money to back the making of Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ.

As chairman, but not a shareholder, at Lightstream, he has been involved in many films often without a credit, seeing it as a hobby and a passion.

Court proceedings related to Kelleher's Chicago Spire – a stalled Calatrava designed skyscraper development, are ongoing in the US.

Sunday Independent

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