Mamma Mia II

Pierce doing his thing

Mamma Mia! Here we go again! 😥

OK, enough already. They are making the film elsewhere. Too bad. Intelligent guessers look past the BS and guess that the primary reason for the switch is simply access – getting equipment, supplies and personnel to the location. Since MOST of the first film (80%? more?) was shot indoors outside of London it is remarkable that the producers chose to come to Skopelos at all.

With the publication of the news about the sequel, suddenly politicians are busy vocalizing that Greece needs a more generous tax break system for entities wishing to produce in Greece (and blaming the current government for not instituting one!). I’m not sure how much of a factor taxation played in the producers decision to film elsewhere. The big issue dodged by both the Regional Governor of Thessaly Kostas Agorastos and former Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni both of Nea Democratia is the difficulty of GETTING TO SKOPELOS. Transportation policy is something Mr. Agorastos as Regional Governor and Ms Kafalogianni as Minister of Tourism (2012-2015) could actually influence. Agorastos has been called upon many times by local mayors and MPs to help with island access policy yet in 2017 transportation options are still lacking.

Hollywood film production heavyweight Playtone, the co-producer of the Mamma Mia film franchise, has already used Greece as a location at least twice, for “Mamma Mia” and “My Life in Ruins”. They have practical experience of the benefits and drawbacks of filming in Greece. Their problem is the same problem which vexes all of us on the islands, timely access.

Don’t worry. Skopelos will continue to reap the rewards which the publicity of the first film generously provided. The problem is getting people here!


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