The eighth "Star Wars" sequel will be filmed in Dubrovnik for about ten days. This would be one of the biggest and most expensive projects per shooting day and the decision to shoot in Croatia was a result of successful cooperation in the system of incentives, led by "Game of Thrones", which brought Croatia nearly HRK 100 million as well as renown and a string of important deals.
"Star Wars" shoot in Croatia would be an opportunity as well as an obligation for new Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic regarding the securing of budgetary funds. "This is an opportunity to deal with current problems and come out of the 1945 war and move on to star wars."
According to the Dubrovnik based website, starwarsdubrovnik.com, the dates of the filming in Dubrovnik will be from the 9th of March until the 16th of March this year! A letter has been circulating from an international film company, Space Bear, offering information on the dates and locations in Dubrovnik. To fans of the Star Wars franchise the name Space Bear will be familiar as it is a company set up to film new Star Wars projects. This is confirmed by the website productionweekly.com, who listed the eighth episode of Star Wars production as “Star Wars: Episode VIII” (aka “Space Bear”).
Along with the dates, as unofficially confirmed by Space Bear, also comes news on the locations around the historic Old City of Dubrovnik for filming. The locations are landmark attractions around the city and, if they are not to computer adjusted, will be instantly recognizable around the world. The Dubrovnik City Walls, the Banje Beach, the Stradun, the Rectorćs Palace, the Old City harbor and a square overlooking the Old City harbor have all been listed by Space Bear as locations sites.
The first two days of in Dubrovnik, the 9th and the 10th of March, are listed as days when the scenes will be set up, leaving for five actual days of filming in the city. With the scenes confirmed, although unofficially, many Star Wars fans will be discussing the possible Dubrovnik storyboard. And as we have yet to learn the actors that will come to Dubrovnik it is even harder to suppose Dubrovnik’s purpose.