Season 3 of American TV series Paper Empire to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia

Ahram Online , Saturday 1 Jul 2023

The 10-episode third season of the American cryptocurrency drama Paper Empire will be filmed in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla.

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The news was announced by the Saudi Arabian film agency, Film AlUla, last week. The announcement reflects the country’s efforts to attract international filmmakers to locations within the Kingdom.   

The star-studded TV series follows Laurence Fintch (Robert Davi) “who wants to be the planet's financial saviour. His digital technology has been unleashed. His attempt to corner the world banks spirals out of control, bringing forth a global Financial Armageddon,” reads the series synopsis.

Penned and directed by Robert Gillings, the action drama also stars Denise Richards, Kelsey Grammer, Helena Mattsson, Anne Archer, and Robert Knepper, among others.

According to Film AlUla promotional material, the filming is part of the AlUla Creates initiative, which aims to "nurture future generations of Saudi Arabian talent in the field of films, arts and fashion."

Film AlUla also offers pristine locations alongside numerous incentives.

On its Twitter account, Film AlUla promotes itself as providing “sweeping vistas [that] are the perfect backdrop for a wide genre of audiovisual content.”

Since its launch in 2020, Film AlUla has hosted more than 700 productions, including films such as Kandahar, directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Gerard Butler; Cherry, starring Tom Holland and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, in addition to many TV productions such as the British series Expedition with Steve Backshall, Nat Geo documentaries, and other Saudi productions, short films, commercials, and photo shoots.

The AlUla region is part of the Hijaz area of Saudi Arabia, lying on the ancient caravan routes from Mecca and Medina and up through what is now Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea. 

 It is an area of rocky desert interspersed with oases fed from run-off and underground aquifers.

The area became a vibrant cultural spot for many activities in Saudi Arabia. Among the highlight of AlUla's cultural life is the Maraya Hall, the largest award-winning mirrored building ever constructed, which features concerts by big names from the Arab region and the world. 

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