A DC Comics superhero is coming into Queensland on the king tide.
Warner Bros Pictures’ Aquaman will commence shooting at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast in the first half of next year.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the production will spent more than $100 million in Queensland on physical production and will create at least 600 jobs.
“Queensland was successful in winning a competitive bid to attract Aquaman, contributing to our reputation as a leading film destination,” the Premier said.
Aquaman follows on from productions like Thor: Ragnarok and Pacific Rim: Uprising, which will return to shoot on location in Queensland in early 2017.
Aquaman will be shot at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast and on location in South East Queensland.
“Our Studios offer the biggest sound stage in the Southern Hemisphere and Australia’s largest purpose-built water tank,” the Premier said. “And it is not only our physical assets that attracted the Aquaman production to Queensland, as we believe that our crew and creatives are the best in the business.”
Aquaman, based on the DC comic book character created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger in 1941, stars Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) in the title role. The film will be directed by Aussie James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Furious 7).
Amber Heard, who plays Aquaman’s love interest Mera, will make an unlikely return to Queensland for the film. Heard and estranged husband Johnny Depp were found guilty of smuggling their terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia earlier this year.
The film’s executive producer, Rob Cowan, has previously worked in Queensland on the Dwayne Johnson vehicle San Andreas, and was won over by our people, locations and world-class facilities.
“Mr Cowan has gone on record stating that our crews are some of the best in the world, and that our facilities, equipment, locations and lifestyle surpassed his expectations,” the Premier said. “He was recommended to film here by the producers of Unbroken, who shared a similar experience.”
Aquaman is scheduled to be released in 2018.