“Jungle,” a thriller by “Wolf Creek” director Greg McLean and starring Daniel Radcliffe, will shoot in Australia, with Queensland standing in for Venezuela.
The film will shoot at least 50% on location in South East Queensland as well as at the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Other locations have still to be determined. Production starts in April.
The news was announced Thursday by the state’s Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Scripted by Justin Monjo (“Rush,” “The Untold Story of INXS”), the screenplay is based on an internationally bestselling memoir of the same name by Yossi Ghinsberg. It tells the story of four travellers who set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a dream adventure that quickly turns into a nightmare.
Radcliffe stars alongside Queenslanders Alex Russell (“Unbroken”), Jason Clarke (“Everest,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) and Ryan Corr (“The Water Diviner”).
“Jungle” is produced by Dana Lustig, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy and Greg Mclean. Executive producer is Todd Fellman (“A Few Best Men”.)
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Details of Queensland’s financial contribution to the project were not disclosed. However, the state film attraction agency Screen Queensland acknowledged the financial support of Screen Australia in Jungle. The state government said that it will bring A$5.4 million (US$4 million) of economic benefits to Queensland.
The collapsing Australian dollar and increased willingness from Australia’s federal and state government to top up the federal rebate system with major grants has attracted numerous Hollywood movies to shoot Down Under.
Queensland alone has recently welcomed “The Nest,” “The Shallows,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Thor.” Ridley Scott’s “Alien” sequels are also set to shoot in Australia.
“We are excited to welcome ‘Jungle’ to Queensland especially as it brings some big talent back home with actors Alex Russell, whose career has taken off since starring in Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken,’ and Jason Clarke,” said Screen Queensland chair, Linda Apelt. “The film will provide jobs, economic growth and the opportunity for our local crew and people to gain more experience and up-skill to further their careers and make our state even more attractive to producers.”