FEAR OF TERRORISM : FILMING HALTED ON 2 NBC PROJECTS
Fear of terrorism is affecting plans to film two NBC projects in Europe, including one on which most of the filming has been moved to the United States, a network spokesman said Wednesday.
NBC is moving the location site of “Rage of Angels, Part II,” from Rome to New York State, said Michael O’Hara, director of motion picture publicity.
The sequel to the hit miniseries starring Jaclyn Smith was set for three weeks filming in Rome, but now only three days of second unit filming will be done there, O’Hara said.
“There was some discussion of changing the locale to either England or Ireland, but it was decided to film the majority of the film in New York State,” he said. The company has been filming “Rage” in New York for the past several weeks.
The miniseries also stars Angela Lansbury, Ken Howard and Micheal Nouri. It is based on characters from the novel by Sidney Sheldon.
O’Hara said network programming executives are also discussing a movie called “Facts of Life Goes to Italy.” The movie is now in development.
“Right now we’re seriously evaluating whether to go ahead and film it in Italy,” he said. “Alternative locales are being considered.”
He said NBC is also evaluating all upcoming projects involving overseas locations.
ABC spokesman Bob Wright said several European filming sites are being planned, but declined to give specifics.
Michael Buchanan, CBS vice president for press relations, said CBS has several projects in the works that involve overseas filming. “We do not anticipate any changes at this time,” he said.