Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ have officially announced the already much reported news that the upcoming live-action “Green Lantern” film adaptation is set to get underway in Sydney, Australia later this year says The Mount Druitt Standard.
The $150 million project will shoot at Fox Studios, the same site used for Warners “The Matrix” trilogy and “Superman Returns”. Fox’s upcoming “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, the last two “Star Wars” prequels and the upcoming live-action “Star Wars” TV series also used the facility. The film is expected to create around 500 jobs and include a substantial investment in digital effects work in Australia.
The project is also eligible to receive the Australian federal government’s 15% location rebate. The combination of that, the weak Aussie dollar against the US greenback due to the global financial crisis, and the facilities and skilled labor force out here combined to win the studio the contract.
George Miller is currently in development of a “Happy Feet” sequel at the studio, while Zack Snyder’s animated effort “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” is currently being produced by Animal Logic.
Pre-production on “Green Lantern” is set to begin in July with actual shooting kicking off in November.