Greece is growing its reputation in the film industry, with more and more movies being shot, or partly shot, in the country thanks to a reformed framework of incentives. Besides the exciting aspect of possibly running into stars on the street and seeing their hometowns on the silver screen, Greeks are happy to note that the development is also supporting the local economy by creating new jobs for Greek professionals in various specialties of film production.
Thessaloniki is among the places seeing the most action (figuratively and literally speaking). Right now, two new Hollywood films, the action movie “Dirty Angels,” and the fantasy action “Red Sonja,” a remake of the 1985 comic and film of the same name, are being produced in the northern city.
Filming of Dirty Angels is set to begin in the first ten days of December. Starring Eva Green, this action movie is directed by Martin Campbell, famous among other accomplishments for having directed two James Bond movies. As noted by the Regional Governor of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, during a press conference, the filming will take place in Thessaloniki’s studios in Thermi and Asvestochori, in Peraia, and in areas of western Thessaloniki, as well as in mountainous parts of Halkidiki and at various other locations.
Filming for Red Sonja, meanwhile, took place two weeks ago at the Thermi studios, while post-production of the film, expected to feature high-standard special effects, will also be done in Thessaloniki. The post-production and special effects will cost approximately 5 million euros, the Regional Governor and the film’s famous American producer Robert Van Norden announced during the conference. They also indicated that it will employ as many as a hundred Greek professionals and that local companies and professionals in the area will be utilized.