This seems to be a year of realising Hollywood dreams for some of our Bollywood filmmakers. Ashutosh Gowariker has reportedly put together an international team for his magnum opus, Buddha and Vidhu Vinod Chopra is planning to go on the floors soon with his English film, Broken Horses, for which Barrie Osborne has been roped in as the executive producer.
Osborne has worked on big ticket blockbusters Apocalypse Now, Octopussy, Face Off, The Matrix and won the Best Picture Academy Award for The Lord Of The Rings – The Return Of The King.
Osborne had been living in New Zealand for the last 10 years through the duration of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. He has only recently moved back to LA for Chopra’s new film. They have set up a production office on The Lot, which earlier housed the Warner Hollywood Studios.
According to a source associated with the film, a huge set is being put up in a desert town bordering Mexico and the US. “Broken Horses will have a western cast and crew and will start shooting from September 13,” adds the source.
Besides Osborne, Fred Roos has also been brought on board as executive producer to put the project and cast together. Roos has films like The Godfather Part II and III, The Outsiders and Lost In Translation to his credit. He has worked with Osborne on Apocalypse Now as well. An upbeat Chopra says, “Barrie helps us get the scale of the film right.
As for Fred, I met him a few years ago as a student on the sets of The Godfather. He was inspiration then and is an inspiration now.” No less pleased to “re-connect with Vinod after all these years,” Roos says that he’s looking forward to Broken Horses.
“Vinod’s script and his passion as a filmmaker are proving to be very attractive to actors here. I am confident that he will assemble a great cast.