Singapore, France begin 'Deja Vu' shoot


SINGAPORE -- The first TV drama series co-production between Singapore and France -- the €3 million ($4.1 million) "Deja Vu" -- has started shooting in Singapore, the partners said Tuesday.

The youth series, co-produced by Singapore's Mega Media in conjunction with local production house Film Formations and France's Project Images Films, will premiere on France 2, the companies said at a reception for the show at the French Ambassador's residence in Singapore.

Four of the 26 episodes will be shot in Singapore using local production teams. The other 22 episodes are being filmed in France.

Project Images Films' producer, Gilbert Hus, said he had sought partners outside France to give the series intercultural international appeal.

"I didn't come to Singapore because it's cheaper, but for the mix of content," he said, adding that the island provided "a lot of landscapes in a very small space."

Other projects were being planned, Hus added. No details were disclosed.

"Deja Vu" is supported by Singapore's Media Development Authority and the French Embassy of Singapore. The Development Bank of Singapore was involved in the financing.

"With the support of local financing, we look forward to more of such collaborations," MDA chief executive Christopher Chia said.

Chia said the cooperation between French and Singaporean production teams "creates vibrancy in the whole media ecosystem and reiterates the value proposition of our media industry and talent."