KUCHING: Since last week, filmmakers from Hollywood and descendants of the Brooke family have been travelling across Sarawak, evaluating the possibility of shooting a White Rajah motion picture here.
The Star has learnt on Thursday that Rob Allyn, an American film producer, has been travelling with Jason Brooke, the grandson of Rajah Muda Anthony Brooke, looking at suitable locations to film the movie.
The duo are being assisted by Sarawak Tourism Federation and state authorities, including Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who they met this week.
The producers have also visited filming studios in Johor, and scouted for locations at Batam island, near Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Fiji and Australia.
Tentatively, the film, which will apparently focus on Sir James Brooke, has an estimated budget of USD$15mil (RM47.80mil)
If all goes well, Allyn, who heads Margate House Films, wants to begin the film shoot by mid next year.