After the success of Thor: Ragnarok‘s Brisbane shoot, it looks like Disney will continue to be part of our world.
The Brisbane CBD became a movie set for the filming of Thor: Ragnarok last week, with stars Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston making plenty of positive headlines while they were in town.
The bulk of filming for the movie, directed by New Zealand’s Taika Waititi, has taken place at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, where the production has had exclusive use of the studios’ nine sound stages.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reportedly lobbied Disney execs hard for the movie to be filmed in Queensland during her first trade mission to the US last year, and has trumpeted the $100 million — and 800 jobs — that the production brought to the state as “a huge win for Queensland“.
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, due for release in May 2017, was also filmed in Queensland.
Now the Premier is stumping for the Sunshine State again, telling Channel Seven that more Disney films could soon be on their way to Queensland.
“Some of the Disney executives flew out to meet with me last Saturday so we’re working very hard,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“But most importantly, it means jobs for Queenslanders. I want to have a permanent movie industry here so we can have those permanent jobs.”
Disney is the parent company of Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and Pixar, so there’s virtually no end to the list of highly-anticipated films that the House of Mouse could bring to Queensland.
After Thor: Ragnarok wraps, Marvel will begin scouting locations for Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel, as well as the two-part Avengers: Infinity War brouhaha that will bring all the studio’s characters together.
If Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston were able to stop Brisbane in its tracks, just imagine how nuts things could get here if they were joined by Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen and Chris Pratt.
On the Lucasfilm side, Star Wars: Episode IX, the untitled Han Solo spin-off film and the untitled Indiana Jones revival have yet to confirm their filming locations. Could director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford be headed for the lush foliage of Queensland?
Disney’s own slate of live-action films, dominated by remakes of their classic catalogue, is also looking strong. The highest profile project on their docket is Mary Poppins Returns, which is set to star Emily Blunt and Broadway favourite Lin-Manuel Miranda (of Hamilton fame).
It would certainly be fitting — given that Mary Poppins author PL Travers was born in Maryborough, and the city hosts a Mary Poppins Festival in the Park every year — for the character to return to her Queensland roots.
The chances of any of these productions coming to Queensland will be given a significant boost if Ms Palaszczuk is successful in lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to make permanent the one-off increase to the federal location tax offset (from 16.5 per cent to 30 per cent) that made Queensland such an attractive choice for Thor: Ragnarok.
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