It appears that there is more to the recent story that the new ‘Star Trek’ film will be doing some shooting in Iceland. Today in an article titled ‘Two Production Companies fight over Star Trek‘ the Reykjavik newspaper Frettabladid is reporting that a company called called Pegasus is competing with the previously reported firm (Saga Film) to work with Paramount on ‘Star Trek.’ Both companies are currently scouting multiple locations in Iceland along with people from the studio. Neither film would provide a comment and Frettabladid noted "the
If this pans out it would make the new ‘Star Trek’ the first film in the franchise to film outside the US. In fact almost all location shooting on Trek films has been limited to locations within a few hours drive from Los Angeles.
Iceland becoming a bigger destination for Hollywood
In recent years Iceland has become more and more popular for location shooting. This is due to its unique locales and its very pro Hollywood business climate. In addition to Flags of our Fathers (as well as Letters from Iwo Jima) other recent films include Batman Begins, Die Another Day, Hostel and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. According to a recent article on Iceland productions in Variety Iceland is providing significant rebates (up to 14%) for money spent on the small island. Variety also notes that local production crews are very tech savvy and speak excellent English. I would imagine that studios also like how such a far away spot keeps prying eyes (and spy photos) away from their projects…something JJ Abrams is sure to appreciate.
Thanks to TrekMovie.com reader Hallbjörn for the tip and translation, and we will be keeping our eye on Iceland