Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Security Problems in Israel - Homeland Shoot Transfered to Morocco

The TV series Homeland is running into real life security issues in Israel. Because of the security situation, the award winning show is to move its locations from Israel to Morocco. 

The present problem has been caused by the possibility of retaliatory strikes against Israel if the USA attacks Syria. The show's American producers, concerned over situation in Syria, contacted their Israeli counterparts last Sunday to inform them of decision.  Scenes from series one and two were shot in Israel, but were criticised as not looking like Beirut!

A scene from “Homeland” showing Claire Danes as a CIA agent walking around in
 “Beirut,” which was shot in Tel Aviv, as some Hebrew artefacts can be seen on the right side of the photo

According to Israeli media, the American producers of the show contacted their Israeli counterparts on Sunday to notify them of the decision. Estimates say that Israeli production companies are set to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over the location change.

"Homeland" was adapted from the Israeli drama "Hatufim" ("Prisoners of War"). Its first season hit an all-time high for a new drama series on Showtime, the U.S. cable channel which has broadcasting rights for the show.

Other shows such as Game of Thrones have used Moroccan locations for their previous series.

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