Film Fridays – Ibiza Island to possibly sue Netflix over new Will Ferrell-produced comedy, ‘Ibiza’

Islands have feelings too. And right now Ibiza is pretty upset.

Less than a week after Netflix released Ibiza — a girl-buddy-DJ-stalking/vacay comedy produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and starring Gillian Jacobs and Vanessa Bayer — the Balearic island is contemplating a lawsuit against the streaming company for using the brand Ibiza for a movie that was filmed in Barcelona and Croatia.

While using alternative locations as a substitute for real places is nothing new for filmmakers, the Iberian Tourism Board believes that the movie takes it a bit too far, not only misrepresenting the landscape of the island but also the culture, the people and even the music.

According to Guenolee Roger, who grew up on the island and now runs a villa rental company, “they tried to film the movie here and get the island to collaborate, but the Consel d’Eivissa gave them a firm NO after reading the script, because they felt that it was terrible PR for the island and totally opposite to the kind of tourism they are trying to encourage, which is more than just clubbing and partying.”

 

– Excerpt from an article written by Meredith Maltby for The Hollywood Reporter. Find the full article here

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