Ho, Packer to shell out US$39mln for Hollywood stars

Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are each getting US$13 million (MOP104 million) to star in a short film directed by Martin Scorsese in a campaign for Melco Crown Entertainment’s newest property – Studio City. The three have been in New York for a two-day ad shoot for Melco Crown. According to a New York Post news report, the total budget for the short film is US$70 million. The script was written by Wolf of Wall Street scribe and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter. In addition to RatPac’s Brett Ratner and RSA’s Jules Daly, Lawrence Ho and James Packer – co-chairmen of Melco Crown Entertainment – will also be executive producing Scorsese’s short. The film is set to premier next year at the opening of Studio City, slated to open in mid-2015.