It has been announced that the 5th in the Bourne Legacy series of movies, is due to start filming on Tenerife in September. The new film sees the return of Hollywood heart-throb Matt Damon in the leading role. The island’s capitol of Santa-Cruz, will play host to some 600 visiting film crew and stars during filming, along with an estimated 400 locals picked to work as extras.
Filming on Tenerife:
Blockbuster film making is nothing new to Tenerife and yet, as always, the process will pass almost unnoticed. Tourists visiting the south of the island during September will go about their business with no inkling the north will be awash with big named stars. Over the years some of Hollywood’s biggest earners have been made in whole or part, on the island.
1956 The Ten Commandments
1968 Planet of the Apes
2005 Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
2006 Made in Spain. American TV cooking series
2008 Before the Dinosaurs (various titles)
2009 Clash of the Titans
2012 Fast and the Furious
Currently under production on mainland Spain is the 6th series of Game of Thrones. Reports estimate almost 4,000 locals, and fans of the series, packed into the cities of Girona and Tudela hoping to be included in the 550 extras used for scenes shot in the local bullring.
As yet, no firm title for the latest Bourne film has been chosen. Jeremy Renner, who played the lead in Bourne 4, is stepping down in favour of Matt Damon, and Paul Greengrass is set to direct the film. With the return of Greengrass, who directed films 2 and 3, opinion is set that the latest offering will return to the film’s original format.
Other leading lights mentioned in connection with the film are Julia Stiles, and star of Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortesen.
Much of the filming will take place in and around the city of Santa-Cruz with Jason Bourne, and his reluctant sidekick Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), being pursued by assassin Viggo Mortensen.
Much needed additional Income:
For many big film makers, shooting on the Canary Islands is a relatively cheap option. For the Islands, still struggling to recover from the banking collapse of 2008, it brings in much needed capitol. Not just capitol from the crews that descend on the Islands, but capitol in the form of employment for hundreds of out of work locals who get employed as extras, drivers, and catering crews during the filming.
Although the tourist industry is slowly starting to recover, and many previously closed premises are starting to re-open under new management, the Islands can still do with every cent they can get.
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