The filming of Netflix’s ‘Lockerbie’ is scheduled to begin in October in multiple locations, including Scotland, Malta, and Toronto. The factual drama is a co-production between Netflix and BBC that follows the real events that concern the bombing of the flight Pan Am 103 over the town of Lockerbie in 1988, which killed 270 people, and the joint Scots-US investigation that followed the attack.
Since the premise of the show is set in Scotland, the cast and crew are expected to shoot a significant portion of the series on-location in the country. Scotland has previously hosted the filming of several major productions, including ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Good Omens,’ ‘Outlander,’ ‘Andor’ and ‘The Crown.’ The rest of the filming locations include Malta, which earlier hosted the shoot of ‘Foundation,’ ‘1923’ and ‘Sense8,’ and Toronto, where shows like ‘The Expanse,’ ‘Suits,’ and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ were filmed
‘Lockerbie’ is written by novelist and screenwriter Jonathan Lee along with Scottish screenwriter Gillian Roger Park, known for ‘The Young Offenders’ and ‘Sneakerhead.’ Michael Keillor (‘Best Interests’ and ‘Line of Duty’) is set to direct the project. “The Pan Am 103 Disaster and the global manhunt it spawned was a defining event in world history – one that contains so many instances of resilience and courage that deserve to be honored and understood. It’s a privilege to write this story for the screen,” Jonathan Lee said in a statement regarding the series.
The casting details have been kept under wraps as of now. The show is produced by World Productions, in association with MGM Television and Night Train Media. Julia Stannard (‘The Awakening’ and ‘Trigger Point’) serves as the producer. The executive producers include Simon Heath and Roderick Seligman for World Productions, Steve Stark and Stacey Levin for Toluca Pictures, and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC. Adam Morane-Griffiths, Sara Curran, Herbert L. Kloiber, and Michael Keillor also serve as executive producers. Joe Hill serves as the co-executive producer and Mona Qureshi oversees the production for Netflix.
As per BBC, the show delves deep into the attack’s investigation by the US and Scottish agencies while also focussing on the catastrophic impact the incident had on the town of Lockerbie and the families of the victims. Exhaustive research has gone into the project, especially by filmmaker and executive producer Adam Morane-Griffiths, who interviewed several Scottish police officers and U.S. investigative agencies’ representatives. “I’ve been working on this project for seven years, so it’s very dear to my heart. The investigation was extraordinary, as was the trial, and I’m beyond excited to work with such incredible partners bringing it to life,” he said in a statement.
Lindsay Sloane, Head of Scripted at MGM Television, added, “The investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which has been expertly researched by Adam Morane-Griffiths who provided the basis for the scripts, is an important story to tell. He painstakingly researched the incident through extensive interviews with Scottish police officers and representatives from United States investigative agencies, many of whom have never previously shared their stories. We are proud to have shepherded this project and are thrilled that Netflix and the BBC have greenlit the series.”