Thanks to a last-minute tax break concession from local authorities, the Michael Bay-produced live-action “Dora the Explorer” film will shoot on the Gold Coast in Australia.
On Friday Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison rejected Paramount Pictures’ request for a one-off increase from the standard 16.5 percent tax break to 30 percent. However, the Queensland state government agreed to top up the Australian government’s tax break for the film – a cost to them of around $8 million.
James Bobin helms the film based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon. This take follows a teenage Dora as she navigates the world with her cousin Diego. Nick Stoller penned the script while Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are also producing.
The cast has not been set but the film is on track to begin production mid-year for an August 2019 release. The same studio was the site of filming on “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and more recently “Aquaman”.