The Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Entertainment’s action adventure film Godzilla vs. Kong has begun filming on the Gold Coast this week.
Godzilla vs. Kong which is being filmed at Village Roadshow Studios as well as on location on the Gold Coast follows the filming of Paramount Pictures’ live action feature Dora the Explorer in Queensland.
It also comes after blockbuster Aquaman – also filmed in Queensland – hit $1 billion at the box office.
Acting Premier Cameron Dick said it was another exciting milestone for the State’s screen industry.
“Queensland will once again play a starring role in producing world-class screen content for global audiences,” Mr Dick said.
“The direct spend and jobs created in Queensland by Godzilla vs. Kong will be similar in size to the Dora the Explorer production.
“There will also be training opportunities in areas where Screen Queensland has identified a skills shortage in order to train local people with international experts in their fields.
“This is all possible because of the Palaszczuk Government’s Production Attraction Strategy and commitment to backing the screen industry which creates jobs, boosts the economy and tourism and builds Queensland’s reputation as the home of film.”
Godzilla vs. Kong has been previously shooting in Hawaii and will spend over 26 weeks in Queensland including pre- and principal production.
Mr Dick said the Premier met with Legendary Pictures executives in Los Angeles in June last year to negotiate for this creature feature to come to Queensland.
“This meeting provided an opportunity to build on the strong and productive relationship the Palaszczuk Government has fostered with Legendary Entertainment and follows on from Kong: Skull Island and Pacific Rim: Uprising also shooting in Queensland,” Mr Dick said.
“We will continue to promote Queensland as a destination of choice for production, post-production and innovative collaborations that extend audience experiences in ways of exhibitions and cultural tourism.”
This week it was announced that Warner Bros.’ Aquaman reached $1.02 BILLION at the worldwide box office. The film injected more than $144 million into the Queensland economy and will continue delivering significant tourism benefits with fans booking holidays to Queensland to see some of the stunning locations featured in Aquaman such as Currumbin Beach, North Stradbroke Island and The Spit at the Gold Coast.
“The Palaszczuk Government remains steadfast in creating a permanent screen industry for Queensland and securing thousands of jobs for our locals and spin offs into tourism, trade, hospitality and other sectors of the local economy as well as positioning our state as a creative, dynamic, innovative and growing economy,” Mr Dick said.
Warner Bros. will release Godzilla vs. Kong in May 2020.
About the film:
Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth instalment of the Godzilla-Kong cinematic universe and will pit two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong – with humanity caught in the balance. It follows on from Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ Kong: Skull Island which filmed in Queensland in 2016 and Michael Dougherty‘s upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Godzilla vs. Kong is being directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest, You’re Next). The film stars Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies, The Little Drummer Girl), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Rebecca Hall (Christine, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Widows), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), with Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea) and Demián Bichir (The Nun, The Hateful Eight).
Wingard directs from a script written by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean). The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, and Brian Rogers, with Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull serving as executive producers. Jay Ashenfelter, Jen Conroy and Tamara Kent are co-producers.
Behind the scenes, Wingard’s creative team includes director of photography Ben Seresin (World War Z, Unstoppable), production designers Owen Patterson (Godzilla, The Matrix Trilogy and Captain America: Civil War) and Tom Hammock (The Guest, Blindspotting), editor Josh Schaeffer (Molly’s Game, Kong: Skull Island), costume designer Ann Foley (Altered Carbon), and VFX supervisor John “DJ” DesJardin (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Watchmen).