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Comedy ‘Couples Retreat’

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Oct. 16, 2008) – Filming is due to begin in late October on Bora Bora and in Los Angeles on a Universal Pictures movie "Couples Retreat" that will star Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and Faizon Love.

The government of French Polynesia President Gaston Tong Sang and the GIE Tahiti Tourisme have been working in close collaboration for the past several months with Universal Pictures. That work began with on-sight inspection for pre-production work and is expected to continue through the shooting of the film, which is due to run from the end of October to mid-November on Bora Bora in the Leeward Islands.

The movie will be shot at the 100-villa St. Regis Resort Bora Bora, which opened in June 2006. The government and Tahiti Tourisme are hoping that the movie will not only help promote Bora Bora and the St. Regis but the rest of the Tahiti and Her Islands destination as well.

The movie, which critics are already billing as next year's "comedy of the year", will be about four couples that go to a tropical island resort. While one couple is there to work on their marriage, the other three couples are there to play, but soon discover that participation in the resort's couples therapy is not optional.

Vaughn will produce the film with Scott Stuber in a co-production between his Wild West Picture Show Prods. and Stuber Prods.

The Hollywood media is already anticipating a film of wife-swapping, boorishness and hilarity, hoping that Vaughn is in the troubled relationship and that Bateman is the therapist.

Vaughn and Favreau are described as a modern Bob Hope and Bing Crosby with collaborations that have already produced "Swingers", "Made" and "The Break-Up".

The last time Hollywood went to Bora Bora a hotel was built to house the cast and crew for the 1979 Dino De Laurentiis-produced movie, "Hurricane". Then New York Times film critic Vincent Canby described the film as "wet and windy" despite a screenplay by Lorenzo Semple Jr., the efforts of Swedish director Jan Troell and the acting talents of Jason Robards, Mia Farrow, Max Von Sydow, Trevor Howard and Timothy Bottoms.

The accommodation later became the 60-bungalow Hotel Marara, which today is the 64-bungalow Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort.

The St. Regis Resort Bora Bora is not unknown in the world of movies and television. Among the first guests were the honeymooning Australian actress Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, a Grammy award-winning country music star.

Another couple among the first guests were Eva Longoria of television's "Desperate Housewives" and then boyfriend, now husband, Tony Parker, star of the National Basketball Association team San Antonio Spurs.

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