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Production Writer-director Gerald McMorrow wrote the original science fiction script Franklyn as his feature debut. It depicts a similar dystopia to his 2002 short Thespian X.<ref name=BFI>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In October 2006, actor Ewan McGregor was cast as the lead in the film, which was slated to begin production in summer 2007.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> However, McGregor broke his leg in a biking accident in February 2007 during the second series of Long Way Round and was forced to leave the project.<ref name="digitalspy" >Reynolds, Simon. "Gerald McMorrow ('Franklyn')", "Digital Spy", February 27, 2009. </ref><ref name=young>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Actors Ryan Phillippe, Eva Green, and newcomer Sam Riley were cast in Franklyn in September 2007.<ref name=join>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Phillippe was the last to be cast in what McMorrow termed a 'now or never' situation, saying of their first meeting: "You have preconceptions about people... You expect the bleach-blond Californian kid and what you got was an incredibly erudite, brought-up-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks Philadelphia actor. When I met him we did not stop talking all afternoon."<ref name="digitalspy" />

McMorrow's visual inspiration for Meanwhile City came from the religious iconography he saw in Mexico City shopping malls.<ref name="digitalspy" /> He later explained: "The idea was that if you're going to have a capital city based on religion, you've got somewhere like Florence or Rome and send somewhere like that three miles into the sky... Part of Preest's delirium and fantasies are based on the religion surrounding him and comics he read and films he saw. He sort of pieces together a jigsaw of his own delusions."<ref name="digitalspy" /> Preest's mask was primarily influenced by Claude Rains' film of H.G Wells' novel The Invisible Man. Preest also bears a resemblance to the character Rorschach in Watchmen, not only in terms of clothing but in terms of character.<ref name="digitalspy" />

Franklyn had a budget of £6 million, of which £1 million was provided by the UK Film Council through its Premiere Fund. Production began on 24 September 2007 in and around London, and was completed by December 2007.<ref name=green>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref><ref name=riley>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref> Major locations included an East End bar and Greenwich Naval College, where many of the CGI sequences were shot.<ref name=rt/> McMorrow described his approach, "I used an atypical and off-kilter background, and told a story that wouldn't normally be told. The film was set around some tricky locations but we managed to shoot it."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The film entered post-production by April 2008.<ref name=contender/>

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