Tom Cruise's latest movie has received a much-needed boost from
Germany--the country's film board will grant subsidies worth $6.5
million to the project. Cruise is playing World War II hero Colonel
Claus von Stauffenberg--who led an unsuccessful plot to assassinate
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler--in new film Valkyrie.
However, efforts to shoot the movie on military sites have been
thwarted by Germany's Defense Ministry, allegedly because Cruise's
Scientology beliefs are viewed as a "moneymaking cult" instead of a
legitimate church by the German government. But the
government-backed Federal Film Board (FFA) reportedly endorsed
funding for the movie on Wednesday, which has allayed fears the
country is fundamentally opposed to the project. A Berlin official
says, "The Cruise film will get 4.8 million euros."
A spokeswoman for the FFA declined to confirm the subsidies, but
said the board had agreed some grants on Wednesday. Subsidies are
available to any film as long as a German-based producer is
involved and certain percentages of the costs fall in Germany.