New French tax credit supports new projects, including new Woody Allen.

The new Woody Allen film is among four projects set to benefit from France’s new international tax credit, the C2I.

Currently known as Woody Allen Summer Project, it has now been confirmed that the project will shoot in France. It will benefit from the C2I, which gives producers a 20% break on all spend in the country.

No plot details have been revealed although it has been reported that Owen Wilson is circling the project and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (pictured), France’s first lady, has already announced that she has accepted a role in Allen’s next film.

Other projects set to gain from the credit include the remake of Jerome Salle’s French title Anthony Zimmer. The original was set on the French Riviera and starred Yvan Attal and Sophie Marceau; while the remake, called The Tourist, has moved to Venice and stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is directing.

The third series of the BBC’s Merlin will receive support alongside Le Lion De Poubara, a new Gabonese film by Henri Joseph Koumba Bididi.

The total spend of the four projects in France is an estimated €13.5m, according to national film body the CNC. Since the tax credit came into force late last year, 15 projects from the US, the UK, Japan and Gabon have benefitted from the credit while investing an estimated $122m (€90m) in France.