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April 16, 2009 - Green Lantern / confirmation that film is shooting in Australia

Scooped on Thursday, April 16, 2009

Today the government of New South Wales confirmed that Green Lantern will shoot in Australia later this year, specifically at Fox Studios in Sydney. Full press release follows:

Premier Nathan Rees today announced that the new big-budget Hollywood film Green Lantern will be shot in NSW, creating around 500 jobs and providing a major boost for the economy.

Green Lantern will be produced by DC Comics and Warner Bros. with Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), Producer Donald Deline (Guardians of Ga’Hoole, The Italian Job) and Executive Producer Herb Gains (Watchmen).

"Bringing Green Lantern to NSW is a major coup,” Mr Rees said.

“The NSW Government has worked closely with Warner Bros. to ensure that it chose our State as the location for this big budget production.”

Following the recent NSW Job Summit, the Government announced a new package of screen industry incentives that would ensure NSW was the most attractive destination in Australia for major film projects.

“This policy is already paying off for the people of NSW,” Mr Rees said.

“Films such as this invest heavily in the local economy and the flow-on effects for local services such as transport, construction and the hotel industry.”

Mr Rees said that Green Lantern will shoot at Fox Studios in Sydney with a substantial investment in digital effects work – creating jobs for our highly-skilled creative workforce.

"Securing this movie will ensure skilled film crew stay in NSW,” Mr Rees said.

“The production is expected to employ 500 people at any given time, including 100 performers, 200 crew and thousands of extras.”

Mr Rees said that the high-profile international release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, filmed in Sydney last year, and the major animation productions Happy Feet 2 and Guardians of Ga’Hoole, currently in production in Sydney, had once again highlighted NSW as a first-class production destination.

“The decision to film Green Lantern here will further strengthen the State’s leadership in the film production industry both domestically and internationally.

“We have identified the creative industries as an important driver of economic activity and innovation and will continue to do whatever we can to attract more productions like this to Sydney and NSW.”

Minister for State Development Ian Macdonald said the film is great news for Sydney and NSW.

“Securing this major Hollywood film is a real coup, it will drive jobs in the sector and it’s also an acknowledgment of the current skills and expertise of our industry,” Mr Macdonald said.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the many talented people who work in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, complementing the NSW Government’s ongoing efforts to grow our creative industries.”

Chief Executive of Fox Studios Australia, Nancy Romano, applauds the Rees Government in securing this production.

“The decision by Warner Bros. to locate the production in New South Wales is tangible evidence that having a competitive incentive scheme in place returns positive results,” said Ms Romano.

“Warner Bros. has been a major supporter of New South Wales in past years and it is wonderful news that the State Government has embraced the opportunity to bring this major international production to Sydney and New South Wales.”

Green Lantern is expected to start pre-production in July 2009 and will begin filming in November 2009.

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