Will 'Order of the Phoenix' be filming in Italy?

  June 11, 2006 at 11:16 AM ET
  Geri     HPANA (via News Tip)
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A report in an Italian newspaper statesopens in new window that Warner Bros. has approached small medieval towns in the Savona area (near Genoa) with the option of filming scenes for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. As with all reports on filming, please treat this as a rumor until confirmed.

A brief synposis of the article courtesy of Ilaria:

An Italian newspaper reports this morning that crew and production team members from Order of the Phoenix have been visiting a series of small medieval towns in the Savona area (near Genoa), with a view to shooting part of the movie in Italy. I don't know how reliable this is, given they're not supposed to film outside the UK... Could it be a second-unit crew?

The mayor of Balestrino (one of the small towns) says people from WB have "surveyed" the locations, but are yet to get in touch with the local administration. But they said they loved the atmosphere: this part of Italy offers breathtaking landscapes, what with both the Tirreno sea and the Alps being close by. There's also a centuries-old sanctuary to the Virgin Mary, which would make striking background scenery...

The Mayor also says WB asked him to postpone any plans of renovation and repair to the ancient buildings - apparently, they don't want building sites and scaffoldings in the movie...

We will of course try to confirm this news with Warner Bros. Thanks to Ilaria at BadTasteopens in new window for the news, which you can read more of hereopens in new window, and scan of the article.


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