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Saudi Arabia: Hollywood to come shoot in AlUla

Three agreements have just been signed with the aim of developing the “cinematographic” use of the AlUla region. To understand: to attract shootings in the lunar and majestic landscapes which compose the region. And among them, a Hollywood filming raises a maximum of questions.

The Film AlUla Commission of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), this region of northwestern Saudi Arabia as rich in extraordinary landscapes as in archaeological treasures, has recently taken action. While the RCU has the overall objective of ensuring the economic and social development of the region, the film commission has, as its name suggests, the mission of making the territory attractive to actors of the 7th art worldwide

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And a new step has just been taken with the signing of three agreements ensuring that the shooting of three films, including two Saudi and one Hollywood, would be filmed on the land of AlUla. This is an even more encouraging sign as these agreements come after the film “Cherry”, by Anthony and Joe Russo, was also shot, for some scenes at least, in AlUla, still under the aegis of Film AlUla. 

So, if we don’t know yet what the Hollywood movie is since nothing has been announced, our knowledge of the region leads us to speculate. An Indiana Jones sequel? After all, the place is full of archaeological sites. A science fiction movie? Fans of Dune or Star Wars know the potential of such landscapes… 

In any case, on the Saudi side, we can already talk briefly about the selected projects. They are “In Sands”, directed by Muhammad Al-Atawee, and “Nourah” directed by Tawfeeq Al-Zayedi.

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Published on 15 June 2021