Lucy Production Shift Reports Denied

The Taipei Film Commission has denied reports that Luc Besson’s sci-fi drama “Lucy”, starring Scarlett Johansson, will halt production in Taiwan earlier than expected.

A source tells Variety: “The shoot is going very well. Every setup is on schedule, it will complete its full 11 days here.” They did acknowledge the reports of media scuffles but seem to suggest the news reports have sensationalized the incidents.

A EuropaCorp representative added: “The filming of ‘Lucy’ in Tapei is going forward as planned and will wrap next Monday.” Shooting is expected to take place at locations including the Taipei 101 tower, the Longshan Temple and a hospital.

The recent incidents involving the media are said to be an anomaly as Taiwan has earned a reputation as a safe place for film industry production. Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” shot there without incident, and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” is scheduled to begin filming there in June.

Want China Times adds that thousands of furious members of the public have taken to the internet to condemn the behavior of the overly competitive paparazzi for hounding Besson and his cast and crew.