Filming begins at the Fox Studios in Sydney with Alex Proyas at the helm and stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush (pictured, right) and Brenton Thwaites (pictured, left) heading the cast. French actress Elodie Yung (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) and Chadwick Boseman also feature.
Backed by Summit and produced by Proyas’ Mystery Clock Cinema and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road, the film has a budget reported as $150 million.
Entertainment One’s Australian unit, previously Hopscotch Films, will handle the local release as a result of an output deal with Summit.
“San Andreas” is to be directed by Brad Peyton who previously directed Johnson in “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” and is being produced by Beau Flynn (“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “Requiem for a Dream”), Hiram Garcia and Rob Cowan (“The Conjuring”).
A synopsis provided by location attraction organization Screen Queensland says: “Johnson is cast as a rescue helicopter pilot on a mission to find his daughter after a massive earthquake hits California.”
Australia fell out of favor with international productions who found the costs too high. However, a 10% fall in the value of the Australian currency against the U.S. dollar has helped Oz win back ‘runaway productions’ from California and other locations.