German film and TV fund Medienboard, which supports production in Berlin and the surrounding region of Brandenburg, is to contribute Euros 1 million ($1.1 million) to the production costs of season five of “Homeland.” The new season starts to shoot in Berlin on Tuesday.
The subsidy comes from Medienboard’s new serial drama funding program, which was launched at the start of the year. The stars of the series, Claire Danes, Rupert Friend and Mandy Patinkin, will be shooting at Berlin’s Studio Babelsberg, and on location in the city and the surrounding region. Further casting will be announced shortly by Showtime, which airs the show in the U.S.
News of the German shoot was first hinted at during PaleyFest in March, as reported by Variety. Showrunner Alex Gansa also let slip that the show will jump ahead two and a half years from where it left off at the close of season four in December, and Carrie Mathison, the character played by Danes, would no longer be a CIA officer. It later emerged that Mathison will be employed by a private security firm in Berlin. Showtime reported that season five would be based in Berlin in late April. Season four shot last year in Cape Town, South Africa, which doubled for Pakistan.
Medienboard CEO, Kirsten Niehuus, commented in a statement: “We are all addicted fans, and very proud to be the home to ‘Homeland’ for the next season. After a long history of producing outstanding national and international feature films, the capital region is more than ready to go series.”
Feature films to have received Medienboard backing include Hollywood movies like Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Tom Hanks starrer “Cloud Atlas,” as well as numerous international arthouse films, such as last year’s Cannes winner “Winter Sleep.” Medienboard funded two international co-productions that played in Cannes’ official selection this year: Naomi Kawase’s “An” and Yared Zeleke’s “Lamb.”