updated 07/05/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/05/2014 AT 1:50 PM ET
Brangelina will be returning to the big screen – and the movie officially has a setting.
“I’m happy that Hollywood producers have once again chosen Malta for their project and we will be delighted to host Mr. Pitt, Ms. Jolie and their family for the second time in three years,” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says. “I’m sure that this film will help put our beautiful sister island of Gozo on the world map.”
Another source tells PEOPLE the two were spotted in Malta a few weeks ago, scouting locations near the sea. They’ll spend about eight weeks at the Mgarr ix-Xini bay, the source says. The Times of Malta reports that prep work has already begun on site.
Pitt, 50, first brought his brood to the Mediterranean nation while shooting World War Z in 2011. The 12 Years a Slave star and Jolie, 39, haven’t acted together since falling in love on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005.
In May, PEOPLE confirmed that the engaged couple will appear together in a film written by Jolie, although it’s unclear whether that project is the one slated to shoot in Malta.
In her recent cover story for PEOPLE, Jolie opened up about the screenplay she penned.
“I wrote something a few years ago for Brad and me,” she said. “Just for fun. Just an independent little art piece. Because we don’t get to do those as much as we’d like. But it’s something really small and experimental.”
Reporting by MELODY CHIU