14 Dec 2015

20th Century Fox + Marvel Studios in OZ

The last few months has seen a slew of exciting announcements for Australia with studio giants Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios set to bring their latest features to Australia.


Thor: Ragnarok, the third instalment of the Marvel Studios’ franchise starring our very own Chris Hemsworth as the hammer-wielding comic book Super Hero, will start pre-production in Queensland in January 2016 with filming to begin in June 2016.

The production will spend more than $100 million AUD in Queensland and will employ over 750 Queensland crew.
The production will film at many locations across Queensland including at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast. The Walt Disney Company has slated a November 3, 2017 U.S. release date for Thor: Ragnarok.
Twentieth Century Fox will be returning to Australia with Sir Ridley Scott’s next instalment in the Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant. The production will film in early 2016 at Fox Studios Australia and surrounding locations in New South Wales.

Currently in pre-production in Australia is Kong: Skull Island, and in production is the official Australia China co-production The Nest 3D – both are based in Queensland.

And it doesn’t stop there, currently filming in Queensland and parts of New South Wales is Columbia Pictures’ thriller The Shallows starring Blake Lively, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, written by Anthony Jaswinski, and produced by Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem.

World War II film Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson has been shooting in regional New South Wales and Sydney. The cast includes Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Roxburgh, Ryan Corr and Firass Dirani.

The screenplay is by Australian writer Andrew Knight and is being produced by Hollywood producer Bill Mechanic (this is the third film that Mechanic has shot in Australia after the historical fantasy The Moon and the Sun in Melbourne and the thriller 2.22 in Sydney) and Australians Bruce Davey and Paul Currie. Executive Producer is James Vernon.

The production team from Columbia Pictures The Shallows, directed by James Collet-Serra has also been busy filming on World Heritage listed paradise, Lord Howe Island for the past month.

Cameras are rolling in Perth, Western Australia on comedy feature A Few Less Men, the follow-up to the 2011 smash hit A Few Best MenThe stellar cast includes Xavier Samuel (Fury, Twilight), Kris Marshall (Love Actually, Death at a Funeral) and Kevin Bishop (Super Fun Night, Moonwalkers), who are reprising their roles.
Joining them are talented Australian actors Shane Jacobson (Kenny, Oddball), Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner, Holding the Man) and Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires, Bran Nue Dae).
A Few Less Men is written by Dean Craig (A Few Best Men, Death at a Funeral), directed by Mark Lamprell (Goddess) and produced by Western Australian filmmaker Tania Chambers (Kill Me Three Times), with Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings (Kill Me Three Times, Death at a Funeral) and Gorean Films Limited.
A Few Less Men is the second Western Australian project for Chambers, Malkin and Stallings, who produced the 2014 black comedy thriller Kill Me Three Times starring Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Hot Fuzz).

Arclight Films International is handling global distribution for the film and has already made significant presales including Lucky Red for Italy, Modus Vivendi for Pan Eastern Europe, Eastwood Holdings for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Columbia, Italia Films for Pan Middle East and Galaxy for Vietnam.
A Few Less Men is proudly supported by ScreenWest and Lotterywest.

Article from Ausfilm

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