2017 sees the release of not only some highly anticipated movie blockbusters but the return and launch of popular TV shows too. From remote landscapes to busy metropolises, there are a range of set locations that you can tick off your travel list, we take a look at some of the 2017 set location highlights.
Sassi di Matera and Castel del Monte, Italy
Movie: Wonder Woman
Premiering in June of this year is the revamp of the iconic “Wonder Woman” story. As the tale goes the Amazon princess Diana, who is living on the island of Themyscira, meets American military pilot Steve Trevor when he is washed ashore. A large part of the filming took place in Southern Italy both in Sassi di Matera, home to cascading 9,000-year-old cave dwellings that are still being used today, and Castel del Monte, a 13th century citadel set atop a lovely hill in Andria. Both locations are in fact World Heritage sites.
TV Show: Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones returns with season 6 in 2017 and winter is officially here! Iceland has already been a regular filming location for the popular TV Series and season 6 is no exception due to the country’s stunning frozen landscapes. Iceland tourism aren’t complaining as they are calling the rise in visitors since the show first premiered the “Game of Thrones effect”. The number of visitors since 2011 has increased from 566,000 in 2011, to more than 1 million in 2015.
Movie: Kong, Skull Island
In June you can follow a team of explorers venture to the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes. This latest reboot of the Kong tale was filmed on Hawaii, predominantly at The Kualoa Ranch, the 4,000-acre nature reserve. Ancient Hawaiians considered Kualoa one of the most sacred places on the island of Oʻahu. It was the residence of kings, a place of refuge and sanctuary – a puʻuhonua – and a training ground for Hawaiian royalty who were instructed in the arts of war, history and social traditions. So you will not only be immersed in stunning scenery but an environment rich in history and culture.
Hong Kong…or…New Zealand?
Movie: Ghost in the Shell
Ghost in the Shell is a live action remake of Mamoru Oshii’s beloved anime starring Scarlett Johansson as a cyborg cop and is set in a futuristic city based in Hong Kong. However the film was mostly shot in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Wellington has a varied list of tourist attractions to offer from its vibrant arts scene, world class café and restaurant culture, to its active outdoor lifestyle.
The third and final Wolverine solo film will be released next week and follows Hugh Jackman’s character wolverine undertaking a final adventure in the post-apocalyptic future. Louisiana’s Ferriday attracted the movie’s location manager due to its “pretty countryside and green cornfields”. Louisiana attracts a lot of visitors and intrigue due to its melting pot of French, African, American and French-Canadian cultures. While New Orleans is probably the most known and visited city in the state, Ferriday itself offers a rich musical heritage which is showcased at the Delta Music Museum, housed in a historic post office with a hall of fame and exhibits on the region's history and culture. Travel up the road a few miles to Frogmore to learn about historic cotton and plantation culture at Frogmore Plantation, an 1,800 acre working cotton plantation.