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Zombie drama Fear the Walking Dead films in Mexico

Zombie TV drama Fear the Walking Dead, a spinoff from massively successful series The Walking Dead, is filming scenes at Baja Studios in Mexico.

“We are thrilled to be starting production and even more thrilled to be shooting in Mexico,” said Dave Erickson, executive producer and showrunner on Fear the Walking Dead.

“Baja Studios has been home to some of the greatest ocean-set films in recent years and provides all the creative resources we need to begin this new chapter in the ‘Fear’ saga. We couldn’t be happier.”

Baja Studios was originally built in the mid-90s for the filming of James Cameron’s Titanic, which involved construction of a huge scale model of the ill-fated ocean liner in a giant water tank. 

The facility now has four tanks, the largest of which spans more than 360,000 sq ft and can hold 17 million gallons of water. It takes nearly two days to completely fill or drain. Producers also have access to five different sound stages.

Fear the Walking Dead is set in the early days of The Walking Dead’s zombie apocalypse. The spinoff show is set in Los Angeles, but so far has largely doubled Vancouver for California to make use of British Columbia’s filming incentives.

South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp doubled part of Mexico City for a dystopian Los Angeles in his 2013 sci-fi movie Elysium. This year, Mexico has had a profile boost from James Bond film Spectre, which used thousands of extras to recreate the Day of the Dead celebrations for its pre-credits sequence. 

For more on filming in Mexico, see our production guide.

Image: Frank Ockenfels III/AMC