Cruise seeks to shoot 'MissionImpossible 3' in Reichstag

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1 September 2004, BERLIN - Tom Cruise was in Berlin Wednesday to lobby Mayor Klaus Wowereit for permission to shoot action scenes in his upcoming "Mission Impossible 3" inside Germany's Reichstag parliament building. In town to promote his new release "Collateral", Cruise was received at Berlin's landmark Red City Hall by the mayor. The two men held what were termed "very friendly and productive" talks. "MI3" is scheduled for shooting at Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin sometime next year, and Cruise has

1 September 2004

BERLIN - Tom Cruise was in Berlin Wednesday to lobby Mayor Klaus Wowereit for permission to shoot action scenes in his upcoming "Mission Impossible 3" inside Germany's Reichstag parliament building.

In town to promote his new release "Collateral", Cruise was received at Berlin's landmark Red City Hall by the mayor. The two men held what were termed "very friendly and productive" talks.

"MI3" is scheduled for shooting at Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin sometime next year, and Cruise has secured a lakeside mansion compound near the studio to serve as his home during the shoot.

During a location scouting trip to the German capital in March, Cruise toured the Reichstag building. He reportedly felt the structure's soaring glass cupola, added to the building by architect Norman Foster in the 1990s, would make a dramatic backdrop for scenes in the new movie.

But Germany's parliamentary president, Wolfgang Thierse, turned down a subsequent Babelsberg studios request, saying the 110-year-old building has never been used as a film location and never will be.

"Bundestag Speaker Wolfgang Thierse does not intend to make an exception for this production either," said his spokesman Hans Hotter.

The Reichstag was built in 1894, part of it was destroyed by fire in 1933, and the building was heavily damaged in 1945 during the Battle of Berlin. It was rebuilt in the 1960s, but the dome was not replaced. The Reichstag was then reconstructed to again serve as the federal parliament from 1995 to 1999 by Foster.

Principal photography for "MI3" had been scheduled to begin this summer at Babelsberg studios, where such classics as "The Blue Angel" and "Metropolis" were produced. But the shooting schedule was postponed when David Fincher dropped out of the movie as director.

Cruise decided to postponed "MI3" until next year because he will be busy the rest of this year filming "The War of the Worlds" with Steven Spielberg.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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