Australia’s Federal Government has announced AUD$22 million (USD$16.19 million) to secure Australia as the filming location for the blockbuster feature film Aquaman, the next DC superhero movie by Warner Bros Pictures.
In a joint statement, Australian Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield, and Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, said, “The funding secures a major investment in Australia that will create more than 1000 jobs and inject over $150 million into the economy.
“It will also give thousands of Australian businesses the opportunity to provide the specialised goods and services required for the filming of Aquaman.
“Large budget international production is an important part of the Australian film and television production sector. It strengthens Australia’s capacity to produce high-quality content and provides valuable skills development opportunities for our talented crews.”
Australia’s multi-award winning director, producer and screenwriter, James Wan, known for his work on Saw and Furious 7 will direct the film with Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) in the title role.
Recent blockbusters supported by the Australian Government include Thor: Ragnarok, Alien: Covenant, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and have injected more than half a billion dollars into the country with long-term benefits in innovation and international collaboration.
Filming for Aquaman will commence in 2017.