John Wick to be shot in Dubai

Posted: 17-May-17 10:49

Producer Jeff Waxman and director Chad Stahelski were recently in Dubai to look for locations for the upcoming filming of John Wick. The upcoming production will be the third instalment in the franchise, and numerous locations were explored as possibilities, including Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, and some of the city’s old souks.

John Wick to be shot in Dubai

Dubai is being considered for filming of the third instalment of the blockbuster John Wick series. Producer Jeff Waxman and director Chad Stahelski were recently in the city to explore possible filming locations.

The website emaratalyoum.com recently posted that the film crew toured various locations in the AL Fahidi district, as well as some of the city’s old souks, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Walkway and other venues, which were nominated by the Dubai TV and Film Commission.

Jamal Al-Sherif, chairman of the Dubai Film and TV Commission, stated that:

“Through the information provided by the production company, the budget for this sequel, which is shot in New York and Los Angeles, is up to $50 million; $8 million is the cost of filming the scenes expected to be shot in Dubai. We are now presenting the facilities and privileges that can be offered to work, both in terms of filming permits and hotel discounts, flight tickets, assistance in the management of technical staff.”

Al-Sherif went on to add that in addition to the financial impact on the tourism sector and production services, the film would help to promote film production in the emirate. According to Al-Sherif:

“John Wick is packed with international stars besides Keanu Reeves, including Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo and others.”

If filmed in Dubai, John Wick would join a number of other Hollywood productions that have chosen the emirate as a filming location. Star Trek Beyond was filmed between Dubai and Vancouver, and a number of Dubai’s major attractions and landmarks were featured in the film.

The city’s dunes were used heavily in the filming of Syriana, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Star Wars Episode VII—The Force Awakens were also filmed in the city. In recent weeks, film star Will Smith was spotted in Dubai, and the actor is reportedly on the lookout for opportunities to film in the Middle East.

John Wick follows the story of a legendary assassin who attempts to leave his violent past but is gradually pulled back into the world of the mafia.  

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