Bario, Sarawak Goes Hollywood?

Paddy field in Bario
Another great news from the land of the hornbills, Sarawak! The small highland town of Bario in Borneo may soon find itself listed as one of Hollywood’s exotic movie locations in Southeast Asia, along with iconic names such as Koh Samui in Thailand and Siem Reap in Cambodia.
Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala confirmed that he had been communicating with Hollywood producers to create a movie on Borneo called ‘The Borneo Headhunters’. The settings will be constructed in Bario.
The story is fictional and includes many tribal myths and legends of Sarawakian origins – while its concept will involves epic settings like the ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ movies.

Datuk Seri Idris expressed hope that the movie deal would boost Bario as a major tourist destination in the region. The minister will also ensure that once filming is over, the building props and movie sets would remain intact so that it becomes part of what Bario – a heritage of sorts for tourists to see when they come here,

Sarawak is no stranger when it comes to being part of a Hollywood movie. In 1987, the first major US movie production ‘Farewell to the King’, starring Nick Nolte, was filmed here. In 2003, the Malaysian state was chosen as the key setting for the 1930-era colonial drama ‘The Sleeping Dictionary’, starring Hollywood A-list actress, Jessica Alba.
Source: The Borneo Post, 25th July 2011.
Pix: Sarawak Tourism Board

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