The show is penned and directed by Robert Gillings and executive-produced by Michael Tadross Jr., Bernard Salzman and Edward Pershing.
Film AlUla, the Royal Commission for AlUla’s film agency, will host the filming of the third season (10 episodes) of the star-studded cryptocurrency drama Paper Empire, which is produced by Robert Gillings Productions, Tadross Media Group and Inner Circle Films. Each episode will be filmed in the diverse locations and landscapes of AlUla.
Created and directed by Robert Gillings, the episodes will see returning high-profile cast including Robert Davi, Denise Richards, Kelsey Grammar, Carole Alt, Helena Mattsson, Wesley Snipes, Anne Archer, Richard Grieco, Robert Knepper, Steve Guttenberg among a host of returning and guest stars. The series is produced by Robert Gillings, Michael Tadross jr, Bernard Salzman and Edward Pershing who have already embarked on pre-production activities in AlUla, with filming set to commence later this year.
The show follows Laurence Fintch (Robert Davi), who wants to be the world’s financial saviour. In his attempt to create the singular dominant cryptocurrency, he develops an algorithm that inadvertently opens a digital black hole that he calls “digital limbo”. Eventually, his attempt to merge all currencies and corner the world banks spiral out of control bringing forth a Financial Armageddon. After his arrest, his technology is being investigated by the CIA and the FBI, who uncovers a web of deceit and corruption far beyond his actions. With the help of his inequitable team – banker (Wesley Snipes) and behind-the-scenes business and life partner (Denise Richards) – even in jail, Laurence continues to be the mastermind behind the global financial conspiracy. As the investigation unfolds, the digital breadcrumbs lead to Swiss banker, Oliver London (Kelsey Grammer).
When the stakes get higher and the danger more intense, Laurence must make difficult choices and take bold actions to stay one step ahead of his many enemies. With twists and turns at every corner, Paper Empire is a thrilling universal roller coaster ride that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats until the end.
Speaking about the filming location, Charlene Deleon-Jones, Executive Director of Film AlUla, said: “Since opening to productions in 2020 we have been kept busy welcoming a range of different projects and international teams to AlUla – offering a variety of incredible locations for each story. We are delighted the Paper Empire team will be basing their new season in AlUla, we’ve worked with the creative team to provide locations which underscore the glamour, opulence and world-class production value of the series.”
Michael Tadross Jr added: “After visiting AlUla earlier this year, we immediately knew we had to film here. The incredible landscapes and incomparable scenery are a perfect backdrop for the narrative’s progression, as the stakes become higher and more suspenseful, and the character’s journey outside the US for the first time. We are very much looking forward to working with the experienced team at Film AlUla and are sure the cast are going to be just as blown away by the setting as we were.”
Robert Gillings stated: “As the creator of Paper Empire it is extremely exciting to develop the storyline of the show and begin filming season three in the ancient oasis city of AlUla. AlUla is called ‘The Worlds Masterpiece’ for a very good reason, and I spent days scouting its golden sands and sandstone arches, historic Old Town, founded in 6 BC, the ancient Tombs of Hegra, a UNESCO site and, the largest glass building in the world, The Maraya Concert Hall. I was impressed by the professionalism, and hospitality provided and immediately inspired by the capabilities of Film AlUla and Film AlUla’s Executive Director, Charlene Deleon-Jones on my trip. For me, real-life experiences are my creative fuel as I wrote a new episode “Lawrence of Arabia” on the plane travelling home.”