Queensland is set to host the newest addition to Disney+, with filming for a new big-budget series to begin on the Gold Coast.
The news comes as a welcome boost for the Queensland entertainment industry, bringing hope to local tourism and hospitality businesses hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on the classic Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the new show, titled Nautilus, will follow the deep-sea adventures of iconic character Captain Nemo. Filming is expected to generate high revenue and hundreds of jobs.
“Nautilus will directly create more than 290 jobs for Australian cast and crew, more than 2,200 extras roles and use the services of an estimated 200 businesses across the country when they begin filming early next year,” said Federal Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher.
The production is backed by $23.3 million from the Commonwealth’s location incentive program, which aims to draw international film and TV projects to Australia, along with additional funding from the Queensland government as part of Screen Queensland‘s production attraction strategy.
Nautilus will be filmed in Queensland’s Village Roadshow Studios and is set to bring in over $172 million for the local economy.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the production would be another step forward for the Queensland entertainment industry.
“The Walt Disney Company filmed Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Queensland, as well as Thor: Ragnarok via their subsidiary Marvel Studios, so we are thrilled that one of the biggest names in the global screen industry has once again chosen our state,” she said.
Ms Palaszczuk stated that the screen and entertainment industry would play an important role in post-COVID economic recovery.
Additional projects are set to further contribute to growth of the Queensland entertainment scene, heralding more traffic and opportunity for local tourism and hospitality providers.
Later this year, a ten-part Netflix series will begin filming in far North Queensland, and Irreverent has been commissioned to begin filming in Mission Beach.
It is hoped that new additions to Queensland’s production resume will help the Sunshine State host more international film projects, with many local businesses to benefit from the developments.