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Old October 29th, 2004, 04:38 PM   #1
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Entertainment Village

Malaysia Goes Hollywood
by Tony Smart
The world-class filming facilities in Malaysia’s new E-village are ready, waiting for the Hollywood megabucks to arrive.





MALAYSIA has opened its very own entertainment city, a kind of Malaysian Disneyland/Universal Studios. Known as ‘E-village’, a hip name that is short for entertainment village but which also conjures up immediate visions of the Internet, the complex is located just outside of Kuala Lumpur in a new township called Dengkil.

Dengkil itself is to be found just south of Cyberjaya, the country’s version of California’s Silicon Valley, in what is known as Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) for the entertainment and multimedia sectors. And E-village is the flagship project of the MSC. It has been designed, as YB Dato’ Amar Leo Moggie, Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia, said at the signing ceremony “to be conducive to the development of high value creative content to meet the demands of Internet users, filmgoers, television audiences, computer games enthusiasts and educationists.”





The Studio Precinct includes world-class sound stage facilities for film production




Opened on September 8th by Malaysia’s Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad, E-village stands on a 2,000 acre site that will be developed over three phases. Phase One, which comprises the Studio Precinct, a 131 acre complex of eight 70 feet high studios and related multimedia facilities, is complete. The Virtual Studio and Sound Stage offers world class facilities that can provide any international film producer with some of the best production resources and cutting-edge technology available. In particular the Sound Stage offers sound engineers and directors acoustic qualities to die for, whilst the state-of-the-art air-conditioning system ensures silent climate control all year round. The entire Studio complex already ranks as one of Asia’s largest studios and E-village can also represent any film company interested in filming and sourcing equipment, crews and locations in Malaysia.

Phase Two, which will begin early next year, is the Disneyland phase and will comprise wet and dry theme parks, a tropical forest, lakes and hotel accommodation. Other planned attractions include a convention centre, mini Malaysia and a virtual theme park, where you can get rid of any last remaining grasp of reality you might have had.

Phase Three, which should be finished by 2007, will include residential areas, shops, health farms and handicraft centres.



Phase Two of the E-village will introduce theme parks and other attractions



As well as attracting foreign film-makers, E-village is also expected to give the Malaysian film business an economic and creative boost, just as the building of the Sepang F1 motor-racing circuit did for the nation’s auto industry. “With E-village,” said Dr Mahathir at the launch, “Malaysia makes its full-scale entry into the film production and entertainment industry. Apart from the first-class production facilities, E-village will be positioned as a competitive alternative to the more established centres of the world.”

At the moment, neither Steven Spielberg nor George Lucas has expressed any interest, but enquiries have been received from the Hong Kong and Indian film industries and, with Malaysia currently such a cheap place to live and work in, it cannot be long before Hollywood comes knocking at the door of E-village.

Already the country as a filming location has been attracting major Hollywood movies, such as Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Mrs Michael Douglas (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and Anna and the King with Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat. With the E-village Studio Precinct open and ready for business, it is now possible to shoot entire movies in Malaysia, including editing, post-production and all sound effects. Once studio heads in Hollywood become fully aware of Malaysia’s E-village, cost-conscious American producers should be drooling at the possible budget savings.

Which leaves us with the intriguing prospect of La-la land coming to Lah-lah land. Hollywood insiders have long called their town La-la land, a reference to the prevalent mild insanity within their community and a pun on the initials of Los Angeles. And Malaysians use the word ‘lah’ at every opportunity, as in ‘OK, lah’, ‘Nice dress, lah’, ‘See you later, lah’, etc. Is this some form of subliminal seduction on the part of Malaysians, laying the groundwork to make Hollywood feel at home in E-village? We shall see. At the moment, the Malaysian entertainment industry, and its economy, wait with bated breath for the arrival of the Hollywood megabucks. Hopefully this is one offer the American film industry cannot refuse.

source:http://www.sojourn.com.my/archive/20..._contents.html
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Old October 29th, 2004, 04:39 PM   #2
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VISION IN MINIATURE
Apart from a miniature model
of the Petronas Twin Towers
there is yet little to see at
the site of the Malaysia theme
park in movie city E-Village.
Entertainment Village is meant
to become the Multimedia Super
Corridor’s future Hollywood.
A couple of film studios are
under construction.
http://www.marcsteinmetz.com/pages/c...berjaya23.html

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Old October 29th, 2004, 04:40 PM   #3
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E-VILLAGE
Entertainment Village is meant
to become the future Hollywood
of the Multimedia Super Corridor.
Several film studios and a
Malaysia theme park are still
under construction.
A guard keeps watch in front of
the entrance at Gateway Plaza
where 13 aluminium palm trees
symbolize Malaysia’s thirteen
provinces.
http://www.marcsteinmetz.com/pages/c...berjaya22.html

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Old October 29th, 2004, 05:07 PM   #4
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This E-Village was co-launched by Jackie Chan! I wonder what happens to it now.
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Old October 30th, 2004, 06:32 AM   #5
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i didnt know bout htis ler..when was it opened?Anyone been there bfor?
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Old October 30th, 2004, 08:03 AM   #6
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It was abandoned right. The developer cannot proceed with the development due to constraint of money. It was in the paper couple of months ago where someone, or some organisation want to sue due to this...
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Old September 18th, 2005, 12:51 PM   #7
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Entertainment Village

I was reading an old article about the Entertainment Village which was set up for film making. It has since failed but I would like to know where it is, are there any photos of this.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 10:51 AM   #8
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Been there once.....raining so can't take pics.......very nice place

Too bad it failed It is near Dengkil
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Old September 19th, 2005, 11:10 AM   #9
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I heard Jacky Chan invested heavily in the E-Village... Didnt the government propose to turn it to be a Biotech-Valley? Whats happening there?
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Old September 19th, 2005, 11:13 AM   #10
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I think it had been converted into the Biotech Valley.......but so far no news yet
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