Find out what kind of film the famous actor is planning to shoot in Abu Dhabi and 4 other movies filmed in the UAE
11 September 2018| Last updated on 11 September 2018
If you haven’t already heard, Ryan Reynolds is making his way to the country’s capital to shoot a very special movie in the city of Abu Dhabi.
Directed by Michael Bay, who is famous for his Transformers blockbuster, his new movie is scheduled to be filmed during November in Abu Dhabi.
But what makes the movie special is that it’s actually Netflix’s biggest budget movie ever with a budget of around AED460 million.
Interestingly called Six Underground, the film is said to star the famous Ryan Reynolds and Dave Franco for now and will stop production after a couple of months.
Furthermore, the idea of the new movie stems from a hybrid of two well-known movies - Deadpool and Mission Impossible so you can expect lots of action and maybe a little comedy.
Ryan Reynolds has been the lead actor in many successful Hollywood movies, such as Deadpool, Green Lantern, The Proposal, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Buried and many more.
And as Reynolds’ movie track record suggests, Six Underground will probably be no less of a hit compared to his other movies.
To make things even more interesting, Six Underground is only one of many movies filmed in the UAE – several directors and actors constantly find ways to incorporate the Middle East in their movies.
And over the past couple of years, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have been featured in the following films that you might just recognize.
Mission Impossible Dubai
Probably the most recognizable Hollywood blockbuster to feature Dubai and nab the UAE’s attention was Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible - filmed in 2011.
The famous scene of Ethan Hunt, his character, dangling off the edge of the Burj Khalifa left so many viewers hanging onto their seats. This nerve-wracking stunt took almost 23 days to film and 400 crew members on set for safety.
Star Trek Beyond Dubai
Filmed in 2016, this sci-fi based film had production divided between Vancouver and Dubai – the famous skyscrapers from Downtown and JLT appear in the movie as the Federation Starbase called Yorktown.
The idea to feature Dubai was not coincidental, as it was set to mark the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series.
Star Wars Abu Dhabi
This 2015 Star Wars film, called The Force Awakens, was long awaited by sci-fi fans around the world. But fans in the UAE were anxiously awaiting the premiere as the film showcases a short ride from Dubai and ends in Abu Dhabi’s vast desert.
Various props were used in the filming of the movie - lots of spacecrafts, shuttles, towers and a life-sized market were built in the desert.
Also filmed in the deserts of Dubai in 2005, this film included famous cast members such as,George Clooney and Matt Damon.
The director of Syrianna imagined that Dubai would be a perfect fit for his Arabian inspired vision for the movie and Dubai’s deserts made the cut.
A sense of familiarity
With the arrival of Ryan Reynolds, residents of the UAE always get excited with the possibility of famous movies featuring the country whether a movie was filmed in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.