At first glance, Netflix’s new miniseries The I-Land looks a whole lot like Lost. The seven-episode sci-fi thriller follows 10 strangers trapped on an, you guessed it, island with no memory of how they got there or who they are.
Whether or not you’re into watching a group of people struggle to survive "extreme psychological and physical challenges," there’s at least one thing critics can agree on — the setting is breathtaking. Scroll down for some behind-the-scenes facts about the ambitious project.
Where is The I-Land filmed?
The show was shot in the Dominican Republic from October to December 2018, with a large chunk of filming taking place at Pinewood Indomina Studios, an eight-acre facility typically used for water sequences.
The exotic location ties in perfectly with one of the series’ central themes: nature vs. nurture. "If you and I were to wake up on a deserted island, and something drastic were to happen, would we have souls?" star and co-producer Kate Bosworth mused in an interview with the New York Post.
"Is our instinct ingrained, or is it something we’ve learned through experience? All those themes are explored in a very extreme way throughout the series," she continued. "Each episode gets more and more intense, and drastically so. The stakes get raised higher and higher. It’s binge-able."
The I-Land cast is made up mostly of unknown actors.
The most recognized names among the show’s main characters are Kate and I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer.
Joining them are Michelle Veintimilla (Gotham), Natalie Martinez (End of Watch), Ronald Peet (Blindspot), Kyle Schmid (A History of Violence), Gilles Geary (The Path), Sibylla Deen (The Last Ship), Anthony Lee Medina (The Carrie Diaries), and Kota Eberhardt (Dark Phoenix).
Kate’s excitement about the project was evident in a recent interview on the Today Show. "I always start with the character. Particularly with this show, I really loved developing her because she really is, like, the biggest question mark of the show," the 36-year-old explained.
"I really wanted to make sure that she was very intriguing so that when you’re watching the show you just want to know who she is, what she’s doing, what’s her story," the blonde beauty added. "And a lot of that comes with keeping your cards close to the chest, actually, to keep the mystery."
Will there be a Season 2 of The I-Land?
The Netflix France Twitter account confirmed that the drama will not return for a second season. "There is no follow-up," the page tweeted after one fan asked about the show’s future. "It’s a miniseries. So only one season."
So far, viewer reactions to The I-Land have been mostly negative. "Watching the first episode of The I-Land and I'm not sure if it's poorly written or meant to be this way? The characters are so shallow and stupid. Did the island make them this way or the writers? Will give it one more episode," one Twitter user wrote.
But a large chunk of people seem to enjoy hate-watching the series. "The I-Land is possibly the best thing on Netflix. The writing, the acting, and lighting is so bad [it's] actually good," one amused individual commented.
You can watch Season 1 of The I-Land on Netflix now.
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