'Diana' Movie Creators Strike Deal With Paparazzi

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Naomi Watts stars as Princess Di in
Naomi Watts stars as Princess Di in "Diana."

The creators of the Princess Diana movie are using an unexpected weapon in their fight with the paparazzi invading the flim’s set.

To control the amount of photographers hanging around during the filming of the open water scene reliving the yachting trip of Di and her lover Dodi Fayed, Ecosse Films finalized an exclusive deal with Splash News and Picture Agency to offer it access to the best angles for photos, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie starring Naomi Watts as the iconic royal figure is based on the final two years of Princes Diana’s life. The film has drawn a large amount of paparazzi since it began shooting this summer, an eerie similarity to the paparazzi-saturated life -- and death -- of Diana. The Princess died in a 1997 car chase in a Paris underpass.

Providing Splash with photo access left most of the other agencies uninterested in covering photos from the movie’s set. Ecosse Films offered the deal to the paparazzi agency after deciding it would likely decrease the lense presence during the open water shoot.

“We knew we would have to deal with the situation, so we got out in front of it,” the film’s rep told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Diana” will be released in 2013 and is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.

Watts gushed about the role in July of this year telling BBC News that she’s “excited and honored to be playing the role of a truly remarkable woman, who had such a positive and profound impact in so many ways."

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