X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Set Pictures Reveal the X-Jet on Jekyll Island
Published: December 8, 2010 - 11:05pm
Though not much is known about what is being filmed on the Georgian island, set construction has just begun and the cameras are set to role sometime this week.
Last month, the Jekyll Island Authority approved an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox for filming of X-Men: First Class. in December:
Filming is expected to begin on Jekyll later this month and is scheduled to run to the end of the year. Producers will pay the authority $16,000 for use of a 4.5-acre beach area east of Beachview Drive and the fishing pier at Clam Creek. That fee is established as long as producers at the end of filming agree to provide 375 cubic yards of beach-quality sand at the beach location, according to the signed agreement. The sand is worth a film credit of up to $15,000, the agreement states.
Chris Petrikin, of Fox corporate communications, said Jekyll ultimately was chosen for of its "visual aesthetic," abundance of crew and equipment resources, travel access and housing availability.
Jekyll Island is 9 miles long by 1 1/4 miles wide. It has already been speculated that this could be the backdrop for Muir Island, a small, fictional island off the northern coast of Scotland that has been the backdrop for many X-Men stories in the comic books. The island was founded by Dr. Moira MacTaggert, played by Rose Byrne. Just today, images from the set have been leaked showing green screen construction and the tattered frame of the X-Jet (a modified SR-71 Blackbird that X-Men use for transportation).