The superproduction with Can Yaman: and Sandokan mania breaks out in Calabria


By John

«Sandokan mania» broke out in Calabria. Filming of the drama began last week in Le Castella, the tourist resort of Isola Capo Rizzuto in the province of Crotone, where the ancient Aragonese fortress stands majestically. Currently the set has moved to the industrial area of ​​Lamezia Terme where the city of Labuan has been rebuilt as Emilio Salgari described it in his writings.

The famous novels of the Indo-Malayan cycle, inspired by the adventurous life of Sandokan, the “tiger of Malaya”, a pirate of noble origins who fought for the freedom of his homeland against the British colonizers.

As you can well imagine the Lamezia set is armored, off limits to anyone: access allowed only to workers, actors and security. In the cast, the figure of the famous Turkish actor Can Yaman stands out, who plays the legendary Sandokan who, in the drama aired at the end of the Seventies was played by the fascinating Kabir Bedi. A global success that is still etched in everyone's memory. Alongside Can Yaman is debutant Alanah Bloor, the Marianna who in the collective imagination everyone remembers as the “pearl of Labuan”. Also in the cast is Ed Westwick or Lord Brooke, Sandokan's bitter enemy, while the Italian actor Alessandro Preziosi is Yanez de Gomera, the corsair who is Sandokan's most faithful friend and who in the drama from about half a century ago was played by an extraordinary Phlippe Leroy.

The fiction in progress will be broadcast by Rai1 and subsequently throughout the world thanks to Fremantle, an international distribution company. It is, therefore, an international event produced by Lux Vide (a company that is part of the Fremantle group), in collaboration with Rai Fiction. The series was born from an idea by Luca Bernabei, developed for television by Alessandro Sermoneta, Scott Rosenbaum and Davide Lantieri. The direction was entrusted to Jan Maria Michelini and Nicola Abbatangelo. Lux Vide, a leading television production company, is operating in Calabria for the first time, thanks to the support of the Film Commission and the Calabria Region which have proven to be fundamental and essential partners for the realization of the cinematographic operation as a whole.

The backlot, as it is called in jargon, or the space that houses the large film set, will remain within the perimeter of the Terina Foundation; a tangible sign of the intentions of the Calabria Region (President Occhiuto made a nocturnal visit to the set) which intends to invest in the film industry precisely in the strategic area which is just a few minutes from the international airport, the central station of Lamezia Terme and the interchange highway. An intermodal hub that will make the famous studios easily accessible, the project of which has been talked about for some time.