In early March, rumors began to spread in Bogota that British actor Daniel Radcliffe, known for his role as young wizard Harry Potter, was in town. What few people knew is that the actor was in the country to star in the new film by Greg McLean, Jungle, based on the book by Yossi Ghinsberg, which recounts his experiences in the Bolivian Amazon rainforest in 1981.
Jungle joins the growing list of productions that have recently received support under Law 1556. Under the law, productions receive cash rebates for 40% of services related to the technical and artistic aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production services, and 20% of logistics services related to catering, hotel expenses, and transportation. Thanks to this incentive, more and more international productions are being shot in Colombia and world-class actors like Radcliffe are coming to work in the country. The young Englishman joins stars like Tom Cruise, Robert Pattinson, and Antonio Banderas, who have recently visited Colombia.
Jungle tells of four adventurers’ incursion into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream quickly deteriorates into an absolute nightmare. After a terrible rafting accident, Yossi is separated from his partner and is forced to survive for three weeks alone and fighting one of the most treacherous environments in the world: the Amazon rainforest. Stranded without a knife, map, or survival training, he must improvise to survive. As he loses all sense of direction, and as he begins to lose all hope, Yossi wonders whether he will even make it out of the jungle alive.
The film is based on the book of the same name by the Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, which recounts how he got lost in an unexplored part of the Bolivian Amazon and survived alone for three weeks in 1981.
The production was filmed over four weeks in Colombia, on locations in Tobia, Guaduas, Neusa, Honda, and Bogota. In Australia, it was shot on locations in Queensland.
Pre-production for Jungle began in Colombia on February 1, 2016, and filming took place from March 19 to April 13. Some of the international actors in the film are Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Alex Russell (Unbroken, Chronicle), Joel Jackson (Not the Boy Next Door, Deadline Gallipolli), and Thomas Krestchmann (Avengers, Age of Ultron, Captain America). The Colombian actors in Jungle are Camayo Nelson (Violencia, Malos días) and Lucho Velasco (Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord).
Jungle is directed by Greg McLean, who also has credits as director of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s The Belko Experiment, shot in Colombia in 2015 with production services from Ítaca Films Colombia. Jungle’s script was written by the Australian Justin Monjo (Rush, The Alice, The Untold Story of INSX). It was produced by Greg McLean, Dana Lustig (Dancing at the Blue Iguana, Thousand Kisses Keep), Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, Bait 3D ), and Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Reclaim). The executive producer was Todd Fellman (Bait, A Few Best Men). Archlight Films is the Jungle’s international sales agent, and the government agencies Screen Australia and Screen Queensland have supported the project.
Local production services were provided by Ítaca Films Colombia through PROSE, the production services company just launched by Ítaca in partnership with Five 7 Media. The company was represented by Rodrigo Guerrero (Liveforever, The Belko Experiment) and Mauricio Ardila (The Damned, Default) as executive producers in Colombia. In addition, 110 Colombians worked on the crew and 298 Colombian extras took part in the filming.