Magazine article Variety

Cast and Crew Help Spy Thriller Take Flight

Magazine article Variety

Cast and Crew Help Spy Thriller Take Flight

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Hungary was the first choice for Fox and Chernin Entertainment's "Red Sparrow," says David Ready, executive VP at Chernin, and a producer on the movie. The companies had previously shot Paul Feig's "Spy," starring Melissa McCarthy, in the country, which gave them the confidence to return for "Sparrow."

"The 'Spy' experience was very good. Having made a movie there, a couple of years prior, there was a comfort level there," Ready says.

The action in the novel on which "Red Sparrow" is based takes place principally in Helsinki and Moscow, but in the film Budapest replaces the Finnish city, as well as playing the Russian capital. Ready recalls the visit he made with others from the production team. "We discovered a gold mine in terms of beautiful locations to set our main story around," he says.

The film, which was all location-based, used 65 separate locations. Budapestbased Pioneer Stillking Films provided production services on the shoot.

Hungary ticked all the boxes when choosing a production destination, Ready says. "First, there were all the locations we needed; second, there was amazing local production capacity and crew - in terms of working with Pioneer as a production partner - they were fabulous; we were in good hands. …

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