Star Trek Beyond's $32m budget for Dubai filming

Latest Star Trek film has bigger budget than Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Jamal Al Sharif spoke about the budget for Star Trek Beyond's Dubai shoot.
Jamal Al Sharif spoke about the budget for Star Trek Beyond's Dubai shoot.

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The third instalment of the revamped Star Trek film franchise, which started filming scenes in Dubai in October, had a budget of $32 million to cover the cost of its work in the emirate.

Star Trek Beyond had the biggest budget of any film to shoot in Dubai, according to Jamal Al Sharif, chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission.

In comments published by Gulf News on Monday, he said Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol — which featured an iconic scene where Tom Cruise scaled the Burj Khalifa — had once been the costliest project.

“Mission: Impossible set a benchmark at $22 million. This is somewhere around $32 million dollars, plus soft incentives. This is just the Dubai budget. The main budget is over $200 million, I believe,” he was quoted as saying.

Star Trek Beyond is the 13th film of the Star Trek franchise and is the third since it was revived in 2009 with a new cast and under the helm of director and producer JJ Abrams, who also filmed scenes from the latest upcoming Star Wars film in the UAE.

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