Skyscanner goes on the trail of the filming locations for this summer’s big blockbusters
Follow in the footsteps of your favourite stars and visit some of the locations where big budget movies released this summer have been shot.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Films based on video games do not have a good track record, but this one promises to be a bit different and sceptics might change their minds. The film was made at the world famous Pinewood Studios in England, however a number of locations were also used in Morocco such as the fortified city of Aït Benhaddou, the ski resort of Ouikaimeden, Marrakech and Ouarzazate where the 1977 classic Star Wars was shot.
Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl star in this Mr & Mrs Smith type caper which sees a glamorous superspy having to resort to his former skills to ward off a multi-million dollar hit. The movie was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia but rather more glamorously, also in Villefranche-sur-Mer in the South of France. Here the $60,000,000 super-yacht, Nomad, was procured for filming and serious Kutcher fans can recreate the moment he climbs up the anchor line themselves since the good news is the yacht is available to rent – at a hefty price.
Potentially one of the funniest films of the year, this movie brings one of Saturday Night Live’s favourite characters to the big screen as the ‘80s star Macgyver is parodied mercilessly. Filmed in a variety of locations in New Mexico including the historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas, near Sante Fe, it’s not every movie character who has sixteen purple hearts and three Medals of Honour to his name.
Arnie’s 1987 movie Predator has never really been matched by its sequels and this is why the latest outing for the alien is going to be closer to the original in feel. Based out of the Troublemaker Studios in Austin, much of the film was shot in the jungles of Hawaii on Big Island, but some additional filming was also done back in Texas at the Palmetto State Park, Mckinney Falls and Hamilton Pool which fans can also visit.
Toy Story 3
This incredibly popular franchise is back for another outing next month and fans (of all ages) will no doubt hop on flights to Orlando to visit Disney’s Florida theme parks to see the new characters incorporated in the adventure ride-game Toy Story Mania! From late May, visitors to the Disney attractions will be able to enjoy the new format game as well as be able to pose for pictures with characters from the films.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Arguably the biggest book-to-film franchise since Harry Potter, the third film in the series is set to be a huge hit and serious fans can get flights to Los Angeles and try for tickets to the world premiere at the city’s film festival on 24th June. A number of locations all over British Columbia were used for filming such as the Belcarra Regional Park or if that isn’t enough, get flights to New York or to visit one of the Twilight conventions which are being held until the end of the year.
The Karate Kid
Fans of the original ‘80s movie will be delighted to see a revamped version and will be keen to see if they can still learn martial arts by painting fences and washing cars. Jackie Chan is the new master and teaches his protégée Jaden Smith his kung fu skills (which does raise questions about the title). Filmed in and around Beijing, fans of the movie can follow in the footsteps of the stars by visiting the Great Wall of China where one of the major scenes was shot.
Action fans will be very excited to see Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren, Arnie and Bruce Willis all in the same film – a stellar line up of muscle which could well be a brilliant disaster. Filmed in Mangaratiba in Rio de Janeiro and also New Orleans in Louisiana, follow the trail of the mercenaries as they ply their deadly trade. As the strap line of the movies goes, it’s the “toughest crew of the century.”