Pirates of the Caribbean 5 may be filmed in Australia! The Australian government has agreed to Walt Disney Studios request to spend the $21.6 million of government money originally approved for the now abandoned production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and use it towards the filming of the next Pirates movie. Although the government is more than happy to agree to Disney’s request, there is no guarantee the film will be made in Australia. Disney is also considering Mexico as a film location.
Filming in Australia would be ideal financially as rumors state the subsidy from federal monies would be higher than at other locations. This along with other perks indicate Australia could be a strong contender.
The monies originally approved in 2013 by then Labor Arts Minister, Tony Burke would provide an increase in continuity of employment and skills development within the sector. Along with the fact that film and video production and distribution had a gross value-added multiplier of 1.8, meaning for each dollar spent $1.8 was generated across all industries indicated it would make financial sense to honor the agreement.
When the Australian government committed $21.6 million it was in the hopes of attracting the high-profile adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1870 novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Starring Brad Pitt, and under the direction of David Fincher, the movie was sure to be a big hit. With 20,000 leagues on the back burner, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is the natural successor to use the monies already approved and win the bid for Disney to film in the beautiful Australian locations.
I can’t wait for the next POTC movie. Where do you think Disney should film POTC 5 – Mexico or Australia?
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