Jordan: A hot spot for filmmakers

 

Jordan: A hot spot for filmmakers
Filming Jinn in Jordan

City Times is in Amman for the launch of the first Arabic series on Netflix this Thursday.

By Michael Gomes

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Published: Wed 12 Jun 2019, 6:39 PM

Last updated: Sat 15 Jun 2019, 2:41 PM

Locations all over the world have played starring roles in many epic Hollywood blockbusters, but lately Jordan seems to have become a hot favourite of filmmakers seeking exotic backdrops to add a fantastical touch to their stories. The recent reboot of Disney's Aladdin was filmed in the majestic settings of the famed Wadi Rum desert.
The latest one to venture into the country is the American streaming giant Netflix. They have used Petra as the main backdrop for their first ever Arabic series, Jinn.
City Times, is in Amman, Jordan, ahead of the premier of Jinn on Thursday, June 13 to meet the director, cast and other team members to get the details on the five-episode horror-thriller.
"We are thrilled to be in Amman, Jordan for the launch of Jinn this week," said Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President, International Operations, Netflix.
"As our first Arabic original series and featuring some of the region's up-and-coming talent, and we can't wait to showcase this story to an international audience when it launches in 190 countries on Thursday, June 13," he added.
Set in modern-day Amman, the supernatural drama, follows a group of Arab teenagers as their friendships and budding romances are tested when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of two jinns into their world.
Earlier, The ancient city of Petra, aka the Lost City and a treasured Unesco heritage site, was put into the limelight when Indiana Jones took off on a mighty adventure to this magnificent spot in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, paving the way for more such themes.
It's the natural beauty of the country, iconic locations and the availability of facilities for film production that has made this country a magnet for directors.
Watch this space for more!
michael@khaleejtimes.com


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