With the value of the Australian dollar plummeting thanks to China’s economic uncertainty of late, the country’s film industry is getting excited as several international blockbusters are looking to head Down Under to shoot in coming months.
With “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” wrapping production on the Gold Coast this month, Disney is reportedly so happy with their experience shooting the movie there that they intend to bring one of their Marvel Studios films to the same facility next year. A source tells Yahoo:
“The big bosses were very pleased throughout the year it took to shoot out here and now they’re looking at brining out one of the Marvel films. It was a great experience for the studio who were able to familiarise themselves with the set-up at Village Roadshow (studios) and the crews here. They were also able to work across a lot of different locations which has saved them scouting for the Marvel movie.”
Said sources indicate the project would shoot in Queensland early next year, with filming to begin in earnest in March. It’s said both “Captain Marvel” and “Thor: Ragnarok” are the films under consideration to be shot there with “Thor” the likeliest as the film’s star Chris Hemsworth lives literally an hour’s drive away from the Gold Coast studio and may help champion landing the production there.
The news comes as “Kong: Skull Island” prepares to shoot six weeks in Queensland from mid-September.
In related news, The GC Bulletin reports that a new deal between the Queensland State Government, Village Roadshow and Commonwealth Games organisers are teaming to build the biggest sound stage in the southern hemisphere.
The facility will initially be made for the squash competition of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Once the event wraps, it will be converted into a giant sound stage that will become a part of Village Roadshow’s Gold Coast film studios.