Das Boot TV drama wraps filming in Malta

Submarine drama Das Boot (The Boat) has wrapped a 105-day shoot with scenes filmed in water tanks and on the ocean around Malta.

Submarine drama series Das Boot (The Boat) has wrapped a 105-day shoot with scenes filmed in water tanks and on the open ocean around Malta.

Das Boot is a $30m sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s iconic 1981 story of the same name – screened as both a film and a TV series – that followed the crew of a German submarine targeting Allied shipping in the Atlantic during the Second World War.

The production team on the new Sky TV series spent eight weeks refurbishing a 240-tonne U-boat that was used for exterior shots in the French city of La Rochelle – a German naval base during the war – and again later for ocean-set scenes that were filmed around Malta.

Malta is internationally renowned for its water tank facilities, two of which are exterior and offer a natural ocean horizon as a result of their coastal positioning.

Interiors of the U-boat were built as a separate, 45-metre-long set mounted on a hydraulic gimbal on a stage in Prague.

“The scale of this production, including filming in four different countries with 79 actors and almost 1,000 extras, has been an incredible project to be a part of and I would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work,” said Andreas Prochaska, director of the new series.

Whereas Petersen’s film took place entirely on a U-boat, the new miniseries will cross-cut between the U-boat crew and another narrative involving Resistance fighters in La Rochelle.

Das Boot TV drama wraps filming in Malta
Das Boot TV series

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Malta.

Image: Bavaria Fiction

Das Boot TV drama wraps filming in Malta
Das Boot TV series

Submarine drama series Das Boot (The Boat) has wrapped a 105-day shoot with scenes filmed in water tanks and on the open ocean around Malta.

Das Boot is a $30m sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s iconic 1981 story of the same name – screened as both a film and a TV series – that followed the crew of a German submarine targeting Allied shipping in the Atlantic during the Second World War.

The production team on the new Sky TV series spent eight weeks refurbishing a 240-tonne U-boat that was used for exterior shots in the French city of La Rochelle – a German naval base during the war – and again later for ocean-set scenes that were filmed around Malta.

Malta is internationally renowned for its water tank facilities, two of which are exterior and offer a natural ocean horizon as a result of their coastal positioning.

Interiors of the U-boat were built as a separate, 45-metre-long set mounted on a hydraulic gimbal on a stage in Prague.

“The scale of this production, including filming in four different countries with 79 actors and almost 1,000 extras, has been an incredible project to be a part of and I would like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work,” said Andreas Prochaska, director of the new series.

Whereas Petersen’s film took place entirely on a U-boat, the new miniseries will cross-cut between the U-boat crew and another narrative involving Resistance fighters in La Rochelle.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Malta.

Image: Bavaria Fiction

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