‘Jumper’ Moves to Colosseum in Rome

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Director Doug Liman’s follow-up to the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie starrer, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, is making some major steps as his film based on the novel by Steven Gould, Jumper, was given permission to shoot for three days in the Colosseum in Rome reports the New York Times.

The film stars Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson and Rachel Bilson and follows a young man (Christensen) from a broken home who discovers that he has the ability to teleport. In his quest for the man he believes is responsible for the death of his mother, the kid draws the attention of the National Security Agency and another youth with the same abilities.

The shoot in the Colosseum was said to involve a pivotal love scene, here is a snippet from the NYTimes article:

No props. No lights. Not even a video cart was permitted to touch the ground. But Mr. Liman, his actors and a small crew from the science fiction thriller “Jumper” — granted unprecedented access even to the amphitheater’s labyrinthine guts, where gladiators and doomed beasts once waited — were to shoot their pivotal love scene on a stage that still belongs more to the dead than the living.

A larger look at the picture above plus another can be found here as well as the rest of the article, which is quite interesting. Not even Ridley Scott was given permission to shoot in the Colosseum for Gladiator, this is actually quite an interesting ordeal.

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