The Islander Sequel Returns to Croatia’s Famous Filming Destination Dubrovnik

Daniela Rogulj

RTL Screenshot
RTL Screenshot

RTL Screenshot

September 27, 2020 – Croatia’s famous filming destination Dubrovnik is back in the movie spotlight as filming for The Islander sequel returned to the Adriatic pearl. 

Although Croatia recorded a much weaker tourist season this year, it has opened up new old opportunities in the country’s southern coast as Dubrovnik is again the backdrop for a film!

Namely, science fiction is being filmed on its walls, on Porporela, below Pile, and on the old city streets. It gathered hundreds of extras and kept Dubrovnik hotels open. But the filming is nowhere near over, and Dubrovnik is expecting Hollywood stars this autumn as well.

The American-Croatian production – The Islander 2, will turn Dubrovnik into the fictional city of Argos, reports RTL.

“It’s a sequel to a film we shot in 2018. It’s a science fiction film set in apocalyptic times,” said Matthew Zamias, the producer.

“We have a nice family story that is put between a grandfather and a grandson where a grandson saves the world,” said Neb Chupin, the lead producer.

About 80 members of the film crew and almost two hundred extras filmed the last scene at one of Dubrovnik’s most beautiful locations. They managed to get the best out of the pandemic.

“Because there are no tourists, and it is easier to access some locations and shoot them as we see them. That is the most favorable thing about that, and the rest, of course, for the staff and people who work on the film,” said producer Tomislav Tepsic.

“Everything is going according to plan. The city is fantastic. I mean, out of all the fantastic locations in Europe, this is one of the best,” said director Domagoj Mazuran.

Dubrovnik actors also combined business with pleasure.

“It’s like half-holiday, half business environment. I love working here, the weather is really nice, and I love it. The film is progressing well,” said Marco Ilso, the leading actor.

It is also good for Dubrovnik’s late summer season because this team is keeping the doors of one hotel open.

“We’ve had about a thousand overnight stays. There were about 55 of them who came, went, and stayed here,” said Tom Zovko, general manager of the hotel in Dubrovnik.

There is no rest this autumn, either, as the old ramparts will again become a filming backdrop. 

“The new film production starts in ten days, with two extremely big Hollywood stars. We are also expecting the filming of another HBO series,” said Mato Frankovic, mayor of Dubrovnik.

The return of film crews this year could also bring new tourists to Dubrovnik next season.

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