Leagues In Oz, “Transformers” In China

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Tony Burke have announced that David Fincher and Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” will be filmed in Australia.

Both casting decisions and filming locations are yet to be finalised. Producers were granted a one-off payment of $21.6 million which will result in substantial new investment in Australia and could create up to 2,000 jobs.

In other filming location news, Paramount Pictures have confirmed that the upcoming “Transformers 4” will film partially in China alongside its major U.S. locations such as Chicago and Michigan.

China Movie Channel will cooperate with Paramount in broad-based support of the production of the film in China. This agreement represents the first time that China Movie Channel will work with a western studio in the production of a major motion picture.

Sources: Australian Press Office & Paramount Pictures