The renowned Star Trek Beyond crew gathered today at the prominent Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel, at one of the Emirate’s largest press conferences, ahead of its filming in Dubai.
The press conference, which was attended by more than 100 local and international media, included the film’s director and producer Justin Lin, executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, writers Douglas Jung & Simon Pegg and stars Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba.
Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and Managing Director of Dubai Studio City, introduced the panel discussion, which was moderated by the well-known broadcaster Tom Urquhart.
Dubai Film and TV Commission announced that Star Trek Beyond, the latest film in the globally renowned sci-fi franchise, will film scenes in Dubai for 13 days, starting from 1 October. They will be filming at the Sound Stages in Dubai Studio City as well as key indoor and outdoor locations throughout the city.
Jamal Al Sharif, commented:
“Dubai’s diverse locations have truly set it apart as a global filming destination. During the scouting, the film crew was impressed by its diverse attractions and locations that include skyscrapers, beaches, desert and more. There are many factors about the Emirate that are truly unique and attractive to international productions, including the excellent connectivity and cutting-edge infrastructure, as well as the ease of filming.
Jamal added: “We work very hard in Dubai Film and TV Commission to make the filming process as seamless and enjoyable as possible, supporting productions of all sizes. It is a great collaborative work with all entities, local production companies and suppliers that makes Dubai a unique global filming destination.”
He concluded: “The entire UAE is gearing towards a major boost in the film and production industry with a number of key Hollywood productions announced to film in the country this year. This will contribute to the sustainability of the UAE’s thriving diversified economy, and will certainly attract new segments of tourists to the country.”
Jeffrey Chernov said;
“Dubai represents the future of what the frontier would be like in our film, and is an excellent place to shoot the movie as well as a special opportunity for all of us. This is not just the third of three movies, but has a new, refreshing twist, and Dubai’s great visuals really fit the story.”
“Mission Impossible Four* showed how movies can help tourism, and help cities grow and develop, which in turn helps filmmakers. We want to help future filmmakers and emerging talent, and we have interns working across every department of the movie, testament to our enthusiasm and commitment about the industry here, as well as Emirati talent.”
*which Chernov also produced
Chris Pine said;
“I love discovering new places and Dubai is such a stunning city – it looks like a future land! I am extremely happy to be here making this great film with Justin and the team, and so far my experiences have been wonderful, people have been gracious and welcoming.”
Simon Pegg added;
“Star Trek is the ultimate expression of bridging cultures; it imagined a universe where there was no conflict, and it has always been about bringing cultures together. It still offers that, which is why it is so beloved by people.”