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George Clooney and Julia Roberts, the latest stars to head to Australia as Queensland’s movie boom continues | Film


A new romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts will inject approximately $ 32.7 million into Queensland’s economy in 2021, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Tuesday.

Universal Pictures’ Ticket to Paradise will begin filming in the Whitsundays, the Gold Coast and Brisbane later this year, and is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs for the local cast, crew and extras.

While rumors persist that Marvel Studios is about to move from Atlanta in the US to Sydney, the Sunshine State has recently become something of a haven for Hollywood as the pandemic in California continues to take its toll. (3.5 million infections and more than 54,000 deaths) and many non-essential businesses and services remain closed.

Six of the 10 international productions since July 2020 that have already been filmed or are scheduled to begin filming in Australia this year are located in Queensland.

Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis, starring Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, and Richard Roxburgh, just wrapped up at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

Later this month, Ron Howard will begin production on his 2018 Thai soccer team cave rescue film, Thirteen Lives, with the Gold Coast hinterland instead of Thailand’s Chiang Rai province.

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for Covid-19 while in Australia filming Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for Covid-19 while in Australia filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic. Photograph: Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP

“It’s one of the few places I feel good about not having my mask on right now.” Howard told federal art minister Paul Fletcher in an interview on the Gold Coast last month.

“It is literally a breath of fresh air.”

MGM and Howard’s own company, Imagine Entertainment, will receive $ 13 million from the Australian government for the production, as part of the Morrison government initiative. $ 540 million location incentive grant scheme for industry.

The Universal Pictures project that will reunite Clooney and Roberts, who previously worked together on the Ocean’s series, was secured by the Queensland government through Map out Queensland’s production pull strategy.

The filming of Dwayne’s sitcom “The Rock” Johnson, Young Rock, based on his real-life experiences, moved to Queensland last November. Meanwhile, Joe Exotic, a limited television series from Universal Content Productions based on the hit Wondery podcast, Over My Dead Body, featuring big cat fan and convicted felon Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel and his nemesis Carole Baskin (who will be performed by Kate from Saturday Night Live McKinnon), will be set up at Screen Queensland Studios in Brisbane next month.

Young Rock cast members (left) Joseph Lee Anderson as Rocky Johnson, Brett Azar as The Iron Sheik, Nate Jackson as Junkyard Dog, Matthew Willig as Andre The Giant, and Kevin Makely as Macho Man.
Young Rock (LR) Cast Members: Joseph Lee Anderson as Rocky Johnson, Brett Azar as The Iron Sheik, Nate Jackson as Junkyard Dog, Matthew Willig as Andre the Giant, and Kevin Makely as Macho Man. Photograph: NBC / NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

NBCUniversal International Studios’ 10-part drama Irreverent will also shoot in far north Queensland.

The Australian government has invested more than $ 19 million in these three projects together.

Covid-19 travel restrictions and a $ 3.9 million sweetener from the federal government have also brought the Australian Survivor reality TV franchise from Fiji and Samoa. The eighth series, located in Cloncurry County, inland Queensland, is scheduled to air in late 2021.

In New South Wales, the Netflix comedy God’s Favorite Idiot, co-produced by and starring Melissa McCarthy, has been lured to Australia with a $ 10 million location incentive grant, Netflix’s third major project to be launched. moved to Australia in the last 12 months. .

The Netflix sci-fi film Escape from Spiderhead with Chris Hemsworth was shot late last year on the Gold Coast, and in January the eight-episode series Pieces of Her, starring Toni Collette, began filming in the suburb of Homebush, in western Sydney.

In Victoria, Liam Neeson’s feature Blacklight began shooting last November, and in South Australia, the BBC One and Stan co-production of The Tourist, a six-part television drama starring Irish actor Jamie Dornan, is in the works.


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