First Captain Jack Sparrow, then Thor, now King Kong: Queensland is set to play host to yet another major movie franchise, creating another 60 local jobs.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today said Kong: Skull Island would be filmed at Village Roadshow Studios at Oxenford, near the Gold Coast, and on location throughout south-east Queensland.
Queensland’s film credits:
- Kong: Skull Island (2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
- The Nest (2016)
- The Shallows (2016)
- San Andreas (2015)
- Bait 3D (2012)
- Inspector Gadget 2 (2003)
- Peter Pan (2003)
- He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (2001)
- Street Fighter (1994)
- Crocodile Dundee (1986)
- Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
Preproduction for the movie, which will star Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman, is to begin this month, with filming to get underway in early 2016.
“Kong will spend more than $15 million in Queensland by leveraging our world-class facilities and enlisting cast and crews in all aspects of physical production,” said Ms Palaszczuk, who met with studio executives in June.
“The production will create 60 local jobs in addition to the Queenslanders who have already been enlisted, with the production manager and art director already confirmed as Queenslanders.”
Screen Queensland chief executive Tracey Vieira said the announcement demonstrated the reputation Queensland was establishing in the international film production industry.
“Our local industry is certainly getting some big international credits under their belts and making incredible local content, as well as building the careers of emerging talent,” Ms Vieira said.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, completed production on the Gold Coast earlier this year.
The next entry in Marvel’s Thor film franchise, Thor: Ragnarok, will also be filmed on the Gold Coast.
Kong: Skull Island is scheduled for release in March 2017.