HBO takes over the Guadalhorce Valley to shoot His Dark Materials

The international series has chosen rural areas of Malaga province to film several scenes for its new season

ANDREA JIMÉNEZ

The sound of clapperboards could be heard in the Guadalhorce Valley this week.

The municipality of Coín is one of the locations chosen by the prodcution team of His Dark Materials, an international HBO series that is in the middle of filming its new season.

Around 200 people are work on the set, including technicians and security personnel, as well as the entire production company Babieka Films, who are in charge of filming.

The set locations are centred around beauty spots, such as Barranco Blanco and Llano de Matagallar, rural areas where filming has gone virtually unnoticed, although many locals saw the set being constructed.

His Dark Materials premiered in 2019 as a fantasy series based on Philip Pullman's award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction and has sold more than 18 million copies worldwide.

So far, the series has had two successful seasons, and the shooting taking place in Malaga is for its third and final season, made up of eight episodes.

The season does not yet have a premiere date.

After passing through the Sierra de Grazalema and Ronda, the film crew moved on to Coín.

The next stop was due to be Ardales, where scenes from the series will also be shot, specifically in the El Chorro area, this newspaper learned this week.

After hosting this international production, Coín is preparing to continue boosting its Ciudad de Cine facility with the arrival of new productions, such as the Canal Sur series Unknown, which plans to start before the end of 2021.

"We want to place our town on the map of the film industry," said the mayor of Coín, Francisco Santos, who visited the His Dark Materials team on the set to welcome them to the area.