International motion picture Kong: Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston and Sam Jackson is set to be filmed in Queensland next year.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced earlier today, Legendary Pictures’ and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island would be filmed in the Sunshine State with preproduction starting this month and filming commencing next year.

“I met with Legendary Pictures in Los Angeles in June and am thrilled they have chosen to film in Queensland,” she says.

“Securing Kong: Skull Island demonstrates the momentum we are building to ensure Queensland is a destination of choice for major producers and international studios.”

Ms Palaszczuk says the production will create 60 local jobs in addition to the Queenslanders who have already been enlisted, including the Production Manager and Art Director.

Kong will spend more than $15 million in Queensland by leveraging our world-class facilities and enlisting cast and crews in all aspects of physical production,” she says.

“Filming will take place at Village Roadshow Studios as well as on location throughout south-east Queensland.”

“My government continues negotiations with US studios to secure additional films which will bring new money into the state, create new jobs and economic opportunities for Queensland.”

Screen Queensland Chief Executive Officer Tracey Vieira says this latest announcement demonstrated the reputation Queensland was establishing in the international film production industry.

“Securing Kong, together with our growing international film production pipeline including Thor: 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,” she says.

Kong will be shooting in two other international territories in addition to Queensland.”

“Our local industry is certainly getting some big international credits under their belts and making incredible local content, as well as building the careers of emerging talent.”

The film will be distributed worldwide in 3D and IMAX 3D from March 2017.

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