22 Jump Street filming underway in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Friday December 13, 2013 – Puerto Rico is once again playing a key role in the production of a major Hollywood motion picture as the shooting location for “22 Jump Street,” the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster action comedy “21 Jump Street”.

Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube, and directed by Phil Lord, “22 Jump Street” has been filming at sites including the San Juan Marriott and La Concha Resort.

Tatum and Hill reprise their roles as undercover police officers, this time posing as college students. In “21 Jump Street” they went undercover as high school students. Ice Cube repeats his role as the pair’s relentless superior officer in the film, which is scheduled for release next June.

During filming on the beach at the San Juan Marriott, the US island territory was “standing in” for a spring break scene in Mexico, following a pattern noted in film industry publication Variety which lauded Puerto Rico’s varied settings facilitating its use as a “stand in” for Iraq, Vietnam, Spain, Brazil, Cuba and various other places.

Meanwhile, NBC-Universal’s big-budget pirate drama “Crossbones” is also shooting on the island and is projected to inject nearly $30 million into the island economy and create more than 1,500 jobs.

The TV series that started production at the former Naval Station at Puerto Rico’s eastern end stars John Malkovich in the role of the infamous 18th century pirate Captain Edward “Blackbeard” Teach at the height of his power.

Filming of the series is expected to last about five months and will include shooting at various sites extending from the Ceiba base into Fajardo, Luquillo and Old San Juan.

Puerto Rico is also tipped to provide part of the shooting location for the fifth film in Disney’s multimillion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Puerto Rico’s attractive tax incentives have been instrumental in carving out a solid place on Hollywood’s radar, luring several big budget productions in recent years including the blockbusting “Runner, Runner” starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

The Puerto Rico Film Commission says film productions have invested close to $80 million in Puerto Rico since former Governor Luis Fortuño enacted aggressive tax breaks aimed at luring more film crews to the island.

At least eight films are slated to be shot in Puerto Rico in fiscal year 2014, representing a $56.7 million injection into the island’s economy, according to La Fortaleza. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)