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AC/DC powers ‘Thunderstruck’ pic

Filming begins in Oz in March

SYDNEY — Aussie rock group AC/DC will be celebrated in the latest comedy from vet producers Al Clark and Andrena Finlay.

Opening scenes for “Thunderstruck” are set in western Australia, in the shadow of AC/DC’s 1991 Razor’s Edge tour. After a near-death experience, five friends vow to bury whoever dies first next to the Fremantle grave of their idol, ex-AC/DC front man Bon Scott.

Story resumes in modern day after the death of one of the men. Filming begins in Oz in March.

Tyro producer, 25-year-old Jodi Matterson, has nurtured “Thunderstruck” from a pitch by newcomer scribe Shaun Angus Hall.

Hall co-wrote script with Darren Ashton, who will helm.

Equity committed

Sony Music has committed equity in return for soundtrack rights; it will encourage cameos by its artists and has promised to produce and publish a single by the so far uncast band.

Coin also came from state agencies ScreenWest, the New South Wales FTO and the South Australian Film Corp. and the Australian Film Finance Corp.

Producers nabbed rights to three AC/DC tracks (owned by Albert Prods.): “Thunderstruck,” “TNT” and “Long Way to the Top.”

Midbudget A$5 million-$6 million ($2.7 million-$3.2 million) pic is the first local acquisition for Bruce Davey and Mel Gibson’s Icon Australia. Legend Films snapped up German rights, feevee rights went to the Premium Movie Partnership, and international agent is BV Intl. Pictures.

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