Richard Shepard's Spring Break In Bosnia started principal photography on locationsin Sarajevo on Sept 12. Financed by QED International and Intermedia, the film is produced by Mark Johnson and Scott Kroopf and stars Richard Gere, Jesse Eisenberg, Terrence Howard, James Brolin and Diane Kruger.
Based on Scott Anderson's article in Esquire magazine and written for thescreen by Shepard and Anderson, the story follows a young journalist(Eisenberg), a seasoned cameraman (Howard) and a discredited journalist (Gere)who embark on an unauthorized mission to find the top war criminal in Bosnia.They find themselves in serious jeopardy when they are mistaken as a
Today, the production will move to Croatia foran additional 30 days of shooting.
"We considered several differentlocations for the shoot," producer Scott Kroopf told ScreenDaily.com. "We knew from the start that Sarajevo sceneshad to be shot in Sarajevo. But we had to look for other solutions for the restof exteriors and consider the infrastructure, studios and available services.Bulgaria would have been cheaper to shoot in, but we chose Croatia for the sakeof authenticity that only local crews and extras can provide. Besides that,Jadran Studios in Zagreb is a very good facility."
In addition to the American actors, the castincludes Bosnian Miraj Grbic (Summer InThe Golden Valley), Goran Kostic (ChildrenOf Men) and newcomers Snezana Markovic and Semir Krivic. David Tattersallis serving as director of photography and Jan Roelfs, veteran of World Trade Center and Alexander, is the production designer.
Pre-sold to the Weinstein Company for NorthAmerica, Australia and New Zealand, SpringBreak In Bosnia hasalready been picked up for all major territories throughQED, namely Momentum Pictures and Aurum for the UK and Spain, TF1 for France, Avex for Japan, Senator forGermany, Dutch Filmworks for Benelux, Sandrew Metronome for Scandinavia,
Kroopf, who is producing with Mark Johnson, previouslyworked on films including The ChroniclesOf Riddick, The Last Samurai andJumanji. Shepard previously directed projects including The Matador.