Woody Allen is offered 'whatever it takes' to film in Rio

Soon Yi Previn and Woody Allen At The Tribeca Film Festival - 2009

Rio de Janeiro's mayor says he'll pay "whatever it takes" to get Woody Allen to set one of his films in the seaside city.

The enterprising Eduardo Paes is eager for the perceived tourist uplift that follows a Woody Allen production. Allen is currently shooting in the south of France with Colin Firth and Emma Stone; Blue Jasmine, currently on release in the US, was filmed partly in San Francisco and partly in Allen's native New York.

Recent films have not just shot in European capitals but also taken their names in their titles. Midnight in Paris was Allen's most successful film yet at the box office; To Rome with Love also did well financially.

"I'll pay 100% of the production," said Eduardo Paes in an interview published on Sunday by the daily O Globo. "I'll pay whatever it takes to get him to come film here."

Paes reiterated his commitment by saying that he'd put up with any local criticism for handing over "the millions that Woody wants".

"I so want him to come. I've already done all kinds of things. I talked to his sister, I sent him a message through [Spanish architect Santiago] Calatrava, who is his neighbour in New York," said Paes.

• Woody Allen interviewed in 2011, 2005 and 2001.

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