The sequel to Hollywood blockbuster “Mamma Mia!” that put the small Greek island of Skopelos in the international spotlight will be filmed in Croatia instead.
“Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again” featuring Oscar winner Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, will be filmed on the Croatian island of Vis in the coming fall.
According to media reports, the Croatian isle will “replace” the Greek island of Skopelos as a setting to the sequel with sources at the Skopelos municipality insisting it will be filmed on the island despite issuing no official statement on the matter.
Meanwhile, Skopelos Deputy Mayor for Culture, Education and Tourism Athina Daki told Tachydromos magazine that “such decisions are made based on financial factors and on the budget set out by the producers.
“It is not a loss for us because Skopelos continues to be the island of ‘Mamma Mia’ and continues to hold the story wherever the film may be filmed,” adding however that relevant announcements are in the pipeline.
According to reports, the decision to film in Croatia was based on tax breaks and financial incentives offered and on the fact that Greece still does not have a Film Commission Office despite having the legal framework in place and government pledges.
Croatia, meanwhile, has gained significant ground as a major filming location for such hits as Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Robin Hood.