Shooting resumes on 'Darkest Hour'

4:07 AM PST 09/16/2010 by Vladimir Kozlov, AP

Forest fires around Moscow delayed production on 3D pic

MOSCOW -- The shooting of "The Darkest Hour," the first American 3D production to film in Russia, has been resumed, New Regency and Summit Entertainment said in a press release.

Production on "The Darkest Hour" originally began on July 18, but was suspended three weeks later due to heavy smog from forest fires around the Russian capital, which shrouded Moscow and the vicinity, making filming in the city impossible.

"Filming was put on hold to allow conditions to stabilize before resuming production, which features extensive exterior shooting of the famous capital city," New Regency and Summit said at the time, adding that the unforeseen delay would not going to affect the release date of "The Darkest Hour."

The film, produced by Tom Jacobson and Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Chris Gorak, is the story of five young Americans who find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. "The Darkest Hour" stars Olivia Thirlby and Emile Hirsch, as well as prominent Russian actors Gosha Kutsenko, Dato Bakhtadze, Nikolai Yefremov and Arthur Smolyaninov.

The production plans to heavily utilize the resources of Bekmambetov's Moscow-based company Bazelevs, focused on film, commercials and visual effects.
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