• Islamic State Has Not Destroyed the Star Wars Movie Sets

    May 20, 2015

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    Posted in: Libya


    The Force is with the abandoned movie sets, mostly from the first two Star Wars movies, out in the Tunisian desert.

    Reflecting perhaps a simpler time when all of the Middle East was not a violent sh*thole, in 1976 George Lucas filmed numerous scenes from the first two movies out in the Tunisian desert. You remember — C3PO and R2D2 stumbling down the sand dunes, Luke’s home with the two suns, the Cantina town, that stuff. Most of the sets are still out there. However, due to the new dangers of terrorism, director JJ Abrams did not return to the country to film his upcoming Star Wars episode, The Force Awakens, instead using locations in Abu Dhabi.

    Meanwhile, Islamic State has not destroyed the old Star Wars movie sets. The confusion started when media began reporting that the real Tunisian town of Tataouine, the source of the fictional movie planet name, and just the name, Tatooine, had become embroiled in the country’s unrest with IS. The town is now fully unsafe, serving as a waypoint for IS travelling to and from training bases in Libya. Major arms caches have been found in the area, one of them with 20,000 rounds of ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers for your home-made Death Star needs.

    The good news for fans is that the movie sets are not in Tataouine, but much further out in the desert, at Matmata, Tozeur, and on the island of Djerba. Repeat: the movie sets are OK. Tunisia itself is still a huge mess, so you still probably can’t travel out there, but perhaps your grandchildren may, when terrorism is confined to another galaxy, far, far away.

    So sleep well, young Jedi. Islamic State is not the terror droids you’re looking for.

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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...


      Those settings never made sense to me. If one wants to build an abode in bare desert one would dig down deep-with special ventilation vented across pools of water.I found the first Star Wars thing sophomoric and very unimaginative.

      05/20/15 8:22 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      So unimaginative that it was the last Star Wars thingee I watched in a theatre. Total crap. I found the original SOLARIS relevant and hence unsettling. The rueful Bach piece used in certain scenes warns the viewers that this is a film is like no other dealing with man’s quest to find a complimentary sentient being in this cosmos.

      05/20/15 4:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Chuck Nasmith said...


      May the force be with you. Let the Patriot Act expire.

      05/20/15 4:53 PM | Comment Link

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