The third instalment of the revamped Star trek film franchise will start filming scenes in Dubai in October, the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) confirmed on Sunday.
‘Star Trek Beyond’ – its reported name – is the 13th film of the Star Trek franchise and is the third since it was revived in 2009 with a new cast and under the helm of director and producer J.J. Abrams, who also filmed scenes from the latest upcoming Star Wars film in the UAE.
Set to be directed by Taiwanese-American filmmaker Justin Lin, filming in Dubai will start in October, in time for a US release in July 2016.
The DFTC, the Dubai Media Office, Dubai Tourism and Commerce and Marketing (DTCM) and the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will work closely together to provide all of the necessary support to facilitate the filming, while Dubai Studio City will provide technical support and location management.
Commenting on the announcement, Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and managing director of Dubai Studio City said: “We are delighted that Dubai has been selected for the filming of this international blockbuster production, particularly to mark their 50th anniversary, and we look forward to welcoming the Star Trek team. Not only will this shine the spotlight on Dubai and the UAE’s excellent locations, infrastructure and flexibility, but it will significantly boost the UAE’s economy, tourism and entertainment sectors.
“TV and film is an incredibly powerful platform through which we can showcase the many tourism facets of Dubai and being associated with a movie of this calibre is a great opportunity for us to reach millions of people across the globe,” said Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
“The city’s world-renowned architecture, diverse landscapes and attractions are proving increasingly attractive to filmmakers and we are seeing Dubai gain a reputation as a world-class filming location.”