A Netflix sci-fi feature film starring Chris Hemsworth will start production on the Gold Coast this month.
Escape from Spiderhead will be filmed entirely in Queensland and directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Only the Brave, Oblivion, Tron: Legacy).
Escape from Spiderhead is set to employ 360 local cast and crew and would pump around AUD$47 million into the local economy as said by the local government.
The international project also offers workforce development opportunities in film production, health and safety, production design, and hair and make-up to the local screen industry.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said Queensland was fast becoming a production paradise with big-budget domestic and international projects queuing up to film in Queensland due to its depth of talent and expertise, stunningly diverse locations and COVID-safe status.
“Screen Queensland is thrilled to welcome this Netflix Original production, starring homegrown A-lister Chris Hemsworth, alongside co-stars Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett, into our backyard,” she said.
“In cooperation with the Queensland Government, Screen Queensland has worked hard to ensure producers and filmmakers around the globe appreciate the significant advantages of filming in Queensland, particularly in the current climate.
“What we offer is a winning combination of local talent and expertise, a wide spectrum of locations, competitive incentives and first-rate safety, and our project pipeline keeps on growing as a result,” Ms Munnich said.
Debra Richards, APAC Director of Production Policy for Netflix, said: “Netflix greatly appreciates the support of the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Incentive Program, and the assistance of Screen Queensland and the City of Gold Coast with locations and stage space solutions for the first Netflix feature to be filmed in Australia.”
This announcement follows other major screen projects for Queensland, including Universal Studio Group’s three TV series—Young Rock, Joe Exotic and Irreverent—filming at Screen Queensland Studios for the next 18 months, and Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis project in production at Village Roadshow Studios.
Adapted from a George Saunders short story and set in a near future where convicts opt to reduce prison time by participating in experimental drug trials, Escape from Spiderhead centres on an inmate (Chris Hemsworth) who tries to out-smart his overseers to save himself and the female inmate (Jurnee Smollett) he’s come to love.
IMAGE: Chris Hemsworth on set at Village Roadshow Studios for the feature film Thor: Ragnarok (2017).