These are the 10 blockbusters that would no longer be shot in the Canary Islands if the cinema loses its incentives

The Parliament of the Canary Islands unanimously agreed on Monday an unfavorable report on the reform of the Economic and Fiscal Regime (REF) carried out by the Ministry of Finance by violating the right of the audiovisual sector of the islands to have a tax differential of 80 % higher than the rest of the State, which represents 18 million euros.

If produced, the Canary Islands would see how many of the blockbusters that have chosen to shoot in the Islands would discard them as an open-air set, one of the economic incentives of our region. Some of these shootings, which had such an international impact, would not have been carried out in our Islands.

Jason Bourne

Santa Cruz de Tenerife became Athens and Beirut in a spectacular shoot in the fifth film of this action saga. Gregory Goodman, one of the film’s producers, praised the virtues of the Island: “Tenerife has the enormous advantage of offering many locations on a single island. It’s amazing. We shot the Beirut sequence on a sidewalk next to where we had shot the Athens scene and yet it looked nothing like“. Matt Damon also raved about the participating extras. According to an official note, the shoot left 10 million euros and 1,200 contracts in Tenerife. The daily expense amounted to about 350,000 euros.

Rambo V Last blood

In November 2018, and for five weeks, Santa Úrsula, El Rosario, Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, such as the neighborhood of Los Gladiolos, the neighborhood of Cepsa or Taco. It has the incentive that, in one of the planes, a panoramic view of Santa Cruz de Tenerife can be perfectly appreciated. Sylvester Stallone’s sympathy did not go unnoticed, getting to be seen with numerous fans. It had a technical staff of almost 400 people, with an estimated total expenditure in Tenerife of eight million euros.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story

The dunes of Fuerteventura, specifically the areas of Cofete and La Pared, were the place chosen to shoot part of this spin-off based on the famous character starring Harrison Ford from one of the best known sagas in film history. The recording of the Disney film left, according to the Cabildo, almost 15 million euros of profit. The unique “ideal” landscape for one of the producers, in addition to the weather, made Fuerteventura the site chosen for this film, which grossed almost $ 400 million.

Wrath of the Titans

During May and June 2009, andl Teide National Park and the coast of the municipalities of Icod, Buenavista del Norte and Guía de Isora were able to contemplate how Perseus saw them and wanted them to be able to save Princess Andromeda. With a budget of 125 million dollars, the casting to choose the extras was a true event throughout the island: they hired more than 100. The production left 2.5 million euros in Tenerife, most of the cost of accommodation , transportation and maintenance.

Wrath of the Titans

He repeated this saga in Tenerife with Ira de Titanes, released in 2012, with the Island sharing locations with the United Kingdom. In Tenerife, the team built the town of Perseo from scratch and the entire set was the size of “three or four football fields”, according to production designer Charles Wood in words collected by the Cabildo de Tenerife itself. Wood described the professionals he worked with on the island as “incredible”. Their collection exceeded 300 million dollars. Tourist routes were made, to Los Gigantes, for example, for fans of the saga.

Fast and furious 6

Tenerife could be seen in the 2013 Superbowl thanks to Fast and furious 6In other words, it had a potential reach of 108.4 million viewers worldwide. Garachico, San Juan de La Rambla, the Tres de Mayo avenue tunnel, Buenavista and the insular ring were several of the scenarios that can be seen in the advance of the new film of the franchise Fast and furious. The producer of the feature film, Vin Diesel, also starring. he decided on the landscapes that the Island offered him. Almost 800 million dollars of collection left it as the sixth highest grossing film of 2013.


Gran Canaria became Casablanca for the filming of Aliados which, thanks among other things to the presence of Brad Pitt, was one of the most popular premieres of 2016. At first it was going to be filmed in Cádiz, but Robert Zemeckis himself, its director, opted for the Canary Islands. After five months of preparations, it was filmed for a week in the old ice factory, the Plaza de Manuel Becerra or the streets of San Nicolás, Muro, Remedios and Malteses. Filming also took place, over three days, in Fuerteventura, in the Los Arrabales area, the Cervantes farm in Lajares and the dunes of Corralejo.

Like queens (Wild Oats)

Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange They are two friends who, in Como reinas, decide to cash a check that does not correspond to them to escape to Gran Canaria. Demi Moore, the daughter of one of them, pursues them to the island. It is not just about having been shot there, but the location of the film is in Gran Canaria itself, not replacing another destination, despite the fact that the script is they shuffled places like Cancun. Unfortunately, despite its large cast, it raised only $ 250,000.

Midnight sky

They say that George Clooney fell in love with La Palma to shoot his Midnight Sky, one of Netflix’s most important bets for Christmas 2020. In this science fiction film you can see the Astronomical Observatory of Roque de los Muchachos, the Forest of Los Tilos, Llano del Jable or different places in Fuencaliente. Clooney could be seen walking through Tazacorte accompanied by his family, photographing himself with everyone who asked. The filming, which took place in February 2020, was a great economic benefit for the island, with more than 2.5 million euros of spending.

La Gomera

A police officer linked to organized crime learns the gomero whistle on the Colombian island to use it as a communication system and to free a prisoner who knows where 30 million euros are hidden. It is the plot of La Gomera, a Romanian film by Corneliu Porumboiu that appeared in the official section of Cannes 2019 and at the Seville Film Festival, where it won the award for best screenplay. The curious plot highlighted one of the most important features of Canarian culture, which the director discovered after watching a documentary on Romanian television.