The stars of Disney’s live-action adaptation “Aladdin,” including Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott and director Guy Ritchie, returned to Jordan–where portions of the film were shot– as part of the ongoing Magic Carpet World Tour.
The group attended a VIP screening of the film under Royal Patronage and hosted by HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein at Abdali Mall Prime Cinema and participated in a press conference organized by and located at the Royal Film Commission in Jordan. “Aladdin” opens in U.S. theaters May 24, 2019 and in Jordan May 23, 2019.
On the heels of Paris, London and Berlin, Jordan is the fourth stop on the film’s Magic Carpet Would Tour and the continuance of a partnership that began several years ago. The “Aladdin” production was in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for several weeks in November 2017 to capture the natural beauty of the stunning desert vistas that were based on the original story for the big screen.
The production resulted in the hiring of 150 locals to supplement the existing U.K. crew. The RFC provided invaluable support during filming, including comprehensive production services and assistance in facilitating logistics with local authorities.
“Jordan did not only provide the amazing landscape needed for such a beautiful story, but also all the support needed to make it a success,” says HRH Princess Rym Ali, managing director by interim of the Royal Film Commission – Jordan. “The Royal Film Commission is committed to helping good stories materialize on screen. And this goes beyond offering production services. Local professional crew are available. We care about training as well as building an audience appreciative of quality movies.”
Producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, director Guy Ritchie and executive producer Kevin de la Noy looked at a number of different countries in the Middle East and North Africa before deciding on Jordan. It was the region’s aesthetic beauty and the benefits afforded the production through the RFC that helped cement their decision.
Over the past 10 years, the film industry has created close to 95,000 job placement opportunities in Jordan. Recent productions to have shot in the country include “The Martian,” “Dune” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
The RFC is focused on training and capacity building to enhance local available talent for production support and has an incentives package to help entice other productions to come film in Jordan. They are currently in the process of designing a soundstage for post-production work.