Queensland is opening its doors to another major film production, with Arclight Films bringing the thriller Jungle to the state.
Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, is attached to play the lead role in Jungle, which commences production in April, with Ryan Corr (The Water Diviner) and Queenslanders Alex Russell (Unbroken) and Jason Clarke (Everest, Zero Dark Thirty) set to appear in supporting roles.
Based on the internationally bestselling memoir by Yossi Ghinsberg, the film will tell the story of four travellers who set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest on a dream adventure which quickly turns into a nightmare.
“We are starting off the year strong with another production to shoot in Queensland offering over 100 jobs and injecting approximately $5.4 million into our local economy,” said Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“Jungle will be shooting at least 50 per cent of the production on location in South East Queensland as well as the Village Roadshow Studios with other locations still to be determined.
“This follows on from back-to-back productions filming in Queensland including The Nest, The Shallows, Kong: Skull Island which commenced in January and with Thor hot on its heels to begin principal photography.
“With the imminent opening of Australia’s biggest sound stage at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, we deserve our reputation as a film destination of choice for domestic and international producers,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Queensland-based producer Todd Fellman (Daybreakers, Mental) of Story Bridge Films is working with Arclight Films on Jungle.
It is being directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2), written by Justin Monjo (Rush, The Untold Story of INXS), and produced by Gary Hamilton, Mark Lazarus, Mike Gabrawy, Dana Lustig and McLean.
“We have made it our mission to bring Australian films and Australian talent to the world stage through internationally accessible commercial films that highlight the amazing depth of talent to be found in Australia,” said Gary Hamilton, Managing Director of Arclight Films.
“We are excited to welcome Jungle to Queensland, especially as it brings some big talent back home with actors Alex Russell, whose career has taken off since starring in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, and Jason Clarke,” commented Screen Queensland Chair, Linda Apelt.
“The film will provide jobs, economic growth and the opportunity for our local crew and people to gain more experience and up-skill to further their careers and make our state even more attractive to producers,” Ms Apelt said.
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