Vaughn devising UK Film Council replacement
Director Matthew Vaughn has devised an ambitious plan to overhaul the movie industry after confessing he suggested politicians should shut down the UK Film Council.
The Stardust moviemaker has reportedly admitted to the Daily Mail that he is the man behind the decision to close the organisation, a move which has sparked protests from stars including James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.
Now Vaughn is involved in formulating a replacement body - and he wants producers of blockbuster movies shot in Britain to hand a share of the profits to the government to revitalise the ailing industry.
Explaining a major flaw of the current set-up, Vaughn tells the Daily Mail: "We have the two biggest franchises of all time: Harry Potter and James Bond. You can't get more British product than Potter and Bond. Shot in England. Made by the British. But all the money goes back to America."
The government announced last month (Jul10) that the UK Film Council, which has provided funding for movies including The Last King Of Scotland, Vera Drake, and Bend It Like Beckham, is being axed in a cost-cutting drive.
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