Scorsese short to launch Studio City

Scorsese short to launch Studio City - 2nd September 2014


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When Studio City opens next year in Cotai it will feature a short film directed by Martin Scorsese as a campaign for Melco Crown Entertainment’s newest property.

Deadline Hollywood, an online film and entertainment industry source, reported that RatPac Entertainment is producing the short which will feature big-name actors such as Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

According to the report, the script was written by Wolf of Wall Street scribe and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter.

In addition to RatPac’s Brett Ratner and RSA’s Jules Daly, Lawrence Ho and James Packer – co-chairmen of Melco Crown Entertainment – will be executive producers of Scorsese’s short.

The short film is set to premier next year at the opening of Studio City, which is slated to open mid-2015.

The total budget for Studio City has increased to US$2.3 billion (MOP18.4 billion) from the original planned cost of US$2.0 billion (MOP16 billion). However, this cost may not be final, according to a company filing last week with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

‘This cost estimate may be revised depending on a number of variables, including receipt of all necessary governmental approvals, the final design and development plan, funding costs, the availability of financing on terms acceptable to us, and prevailing market conditions’, the filing reads.

Studio City will be a large-scale integrated entertainment, retail and gaming resort. The mid-year opening date may be changed due to delays such as governmental approvals.