Tuesday 20 March 2018

We'll do all we can to lure film giants like Spielberg, says Kenny

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor San Francisco

OSCAR-winning movie director Steven Spielberg is weighing up a number of Irish- themed films.

After meeting with the 'Lincoln' director at his office in Hollywood, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Mr Spielberg was "keenly interested" in filming in Ireland.

Mr Kenny also revealed the director is under pressure from his wife to take "some time off" after the exhaustive process of making and promoting 'Lincoln', which starred Daniel Day-Lewis.

Mr Spielberg and his wife, Indiana Jones star Kate Capshaw, previously met Mr Kenny when they were in Dublin for the European premiere of the film. The Taoiseach took the director up on his offer to drop by if he was ever in Los Angeles.

The pair held a 45-minute meeting at Mr Spielberg's Dreamworks office at Universal Studios in Hollywood.


The Taoiseach said the director didn't have any specific project in mind to make him return to Ireland, where he filmed his epic D-Day landing scenes in 'Saving Private Ryan' in Co Wexford.

"He said to his wife that he was interested in working again – but she wants him to take some time off. And I think, actually, that after the exhaustive process of 'Lincoln', I think he deserves that," he said.

"But he is genuinely aware of the potential of Ireland and is keenly interested. But it is not a one-way street and I confirmed that Ireland, for our part, would look at the processes that we have.

"We would avail, in the best way possible, for the potential of someone as influential as Steven Spielberg."

Following the meeting, a Dreamworks spokesman said Mr Spielberg "evidently appreciates the location, having chosen to work there in the past".

"He would naturally recommend any place that worked out, both artistically and economically, and which has a proven track record of understanding the needs of the entertainment industry.

"But it would be a matter for others to make their own decisions, and they would always have to look at the exact rules in place at the time," the spokesman added.

Mr Kenny then moved on to Silicon Valley area of California. He visited the Yahoo headquarters in Santa Clara, where the announcement of 200 jobs for Dublin was announced.

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