Kazakh Film, Kazakhstan's state company, has boarded Chuck Russell's 3D adaptation of "1001 Arabian Nights," starring Liam Hemsworth, which will shoot in the oil-and-gas-rich central Asian state next year.
Russell, who directed "The Mask" and "The Scorpion King," has been scouting locations for the $70 million pic for the past year and will start shooting in June. Sets include a full-scale medieval period city 120 miles from Almaty, where Kazakh Film is based, that was built a few years ago for Russian director Sergey Bodrov's "Nomad."
Other locations are understood to include the sandy hills and gullies at Altyn Emel.
Kazakh Film is understood to be putting up some $10 million for the movie.
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