The announcement was made by Annastacia Palaszczuk, premier of the state of Queensland, who said that it will film in the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast. Pre production will begin this month and lensing take place in early 2016. The production will also take in two other international locations, not revealed, Palaszczuk said.
“Skull” is the third major Hollywood movie to be confirmed as heading for Australia in the past week. In the last few days Oz politicians said that Ridley Scott’s next “Alien” film and the latest Chris Hemsworth vehicle, “Thor: Ragnarok,” will be filmed Down Under.
To attract those two heavyweights Australia’s federal government has agreed to provide A$47 million of direct subsidy.
The Queensland regime did not disclose any payment to the producers of “Skull Island,” but did say that the movie will spend over A$15 million in the state. That figure is significant as it is the minimum threshold that triggers an automatic 16.5% “location offset”. Both “Alien” and “Ragnarok” will also spend enough in Australia to earn the offset, lifting the government’s financial contribution to those two movies to a possible A$90 million.
Australia has also become far more attractive to Hollywood in the past two years, as the ending of the commodities boom has weakened the Australian dollar by 30% in the past 30 months.
“Securing Kong, together with our growing international film production pipeline includingThor: Ragnarok announced only last week, The Nest 3D and The Shallows, highlights that our filmmaking capabilities, spectacular and diverse locations, internationally-renowned crew and world-class facilities act as major drawcards,” said Tracey Viera, CEO of Screen Queensland.
“Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston, Sam Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, and Derek Connolly, “Skull Island” takes audiences into the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes, as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. The film will be distributed worldwide in 3D and IMAX 3D by Warner Bros. Pictures beginning March 2017.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will executive produce.