Godzilla vs Kong kicks off filming on the Gold Coast
21 January 2019, Written by Yasmin Bonnell
Queensland is fast becoming the location of choice for international film producers, with Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment's action adventure film Godzilla vs. Kong kicking off filming on the Gold Coast this week.
The production is not the first international film featuring our hometown, following Paramount Pictures' live action feature Dora the Explorer and more recently Warner Bros.' Aquaman, which reached $1.02b at the worldwide box office.
After shooting in Hawaii, the production has moved to the Gold Coast and will stay in the Queenlsnad region for 26 weeks.
Acting Premier Cameron Dick says the production will inject a considerable amount of jobs and spend into the Queensland economy which is part of the Palaszczuk Government's Production Attraction Strategy
"Queensland will once again play a starring role in producing world-class screen content for global audiences," he says.
"The direct spend and jobs created in Queensland by Godzilla vs. Kong will be similar in size to the Dora the Explorer production.
"There will also be training opportunities in areas where Screen Queensland has identified a skills shortage in order to train local people with international experts in their fields."
A meeting between Legendary Pictures executives and Anastasia Palazcuk in June last year solidified a relationship that Cameron Dick says he expects will continue into the future.
"This meeting provided an opportunity to build on the strong and productive relationship the Palaszczuk Government has fostered with Legendary Entertainment and follows on from Kong: Skull Island and Pacific Rim: Uprising also shooting in Queensland," he says.
"We will continue to promote Queensland as a destination of choice for production, post-production and innovative collaborations that extend audience experiences in ways of exhibitions and cultural tourism."
Godzilla vs. Kong is set to be released in May next year.
Author: Yasmin Bonnell