United Artists Responds to German Defense Ministry Decision Barring 'Valkyrie' Filming from Military Sites

    LOS ANGELES, June 25 /CNW/ -- In response to reports that the German
Defense Ministry has decided not to allow the upcoming Bryan
Singer-Christopher McQuarrie production "Valkyrie" to film at German military
sites, United Artists Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Paula Wagner
released the following statement.
    "To set the record straight, 'Valkyrie' is a historically accurate
thriller that presents the World War Two resistance hero Col. Claus Schenk von
Stauffenberg as the heroic and principled figure he was, and we believe it
will go a long way towards reminding the world that even within the ranks of
the German military there was real resistance to the Nazi regime. 'Valkyrie'
was originated and brought to United Artists by Bryan Singer and Christopher
McQuarrie. Based on the fantastic screenplay written by Mr. McQuarrie and
Nathan Alexander, we gave it the green light. Mr. Singer, the director, then
offered the role of Col. Stauffenberg to Tom Cruise because he thought he was
perfect for the part. Aside from his obvious admiration of the man he is
portraying, Mr. Cruise's personal beliefs have absolutely no bearing on the
movie's plot, themes, or content. And even though we could shoot the movie
anywhere in the world, we believe Germany is the only place we can truly do
the story justice."

For further information:

For further information: Dennis Rice of United Artists, +1-310-586-8333;
 or Allan Mayer of 42West, +1-310-556-1155, for United Artists

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