Johnny Depp will film next Pirates of the Caribbean film in Australia

07 Oct 2014 00:23

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Johnny Depp and his band of thieves will be filming the next installment of the mega-gigantic Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise in Australia, according to that country's Minister For The Arts.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth film in the series, and it has been confirmed that it will be shooting in Queensland.
That's thanks to a generous tax rebate and other financial incentives that were given to Disney based on the decision to film there.
Queensland beat out several other Australian states and Mexico as the filming location.
The first four films in the Pirates series have earned almost $4 billion dollars worldwide and filmed such exotic locations as Hawaii and the Bahamas.
The production is set to start in February.
It will be released in 2017 after having been pushed back two years due to money worries and concerns about the script.
It's also had some controversy regarding the hired directors.
This time around, little-known helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are on board, replacing marquee names Gore Verbinki and Rob Marshall.
It remains to be seen if they will be able to handle the huge-scale production, one that is surely a giant step beyond their previous film, Kon-Tiki.
Australian film business bigwigs are praising the decision by all involved to being Pirates to Australia.
'This is a landmark deal with The Walt Disney Studios; this film will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world's attention on Australia as a leading film destination,' a press release said.
And legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer also lauded the Aussies.
'With its oceans, beaches, and jungles, Queensland has an incredible array of natural environments which are perfect for our new Pirates of the Caribbean.'
It's estimated that the film will bring in $100 million in revenue for the locals as well as the big-time benefit of creating thousands of jobs.
The last two movies to film in Queensland were upcoming films San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson, and Angelina Jolie's directorial effort, Unbroken.


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