The South African production company on Josh Trank’s Chronicle is cozying up to Hollywood. Film Afrika Worldwide CEO David Wicht will head up the new LA office where he’ll facilitate productions shooting in South Africa and develop original material with US partners. Last year, the South African government modified its rebate system by removing a cap and allowing producers to recoup 15% of local spend. The shift has increased interest in the country as a shooting destination. Chronicle and DNA Films’ upcoming Dredd were both recently shot at the Cape Town Film Studios. Film Afrika’s credits include Ridley Scott’s Gettysburg, History series America: The Story Of Us, HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and the upcoming mini Labyrinth, for Tandem Communications and Scott Free. The company is currently in production on Videovision’s adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom starring Idris Elba and Noemie Harris.
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