Queensland gets Hollywood boost as ‘Pirates’ sails in
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Queensland’s tourism industry is expected to get a significant boost after it was announced that the fifth movie in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series will be filmed in the Australian state.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Johnny Depp, the Disney film is expected to create thousands of local jobs and drive tourist arrivals.
“The Australian government is delighted to have secured high-profile movie franchise Pirates of the Caribbean to film in Australia with a contribution of AU$21.6 million (US$18.7m),” said Senator George Brandis QC, Australia’s Federal Minister for the Arts.
“The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world’s attention on Australia as a leading film destination. Our investment in attracting the film to Australia will result in substantial benefits for the screen industry and economy.”
Queensland’s Arts Minister, Ian Walker, added that the sheer size of the movie will bring huge benefits to the state.
“The last major productions to film here were San Andreas, which employed more than 3,000 Queensland crew, cast, contractors and extras, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which employed about 3,180 locals,” Walker said. “This fifth Pirates of the Caribbean production is a bigger film in terms of expenditure than either of those big budget films, so the economic benefits to the state will be powerful.”
Pre-production is expected to start early this month, with the main photography likely to begin in February next year. Part of the film will be shot the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.
The fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is being directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg, and is scheduled to be released in cinemas worldwide in July 2017.
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