July 7, 2017 is a long way away, but considering the scale of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are going to need all the time they can get to ensure that the film will be ready and Disney won’t have to pull it from the release calendar again.
Apparently the restructuring of a government incentive has lured Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to Queensland, Australia for filming. Johnny Depp is expected to return to reprise his role and there’s been talk of Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport and Orlando Bloom coming back as well, but their involvement hasn’t been confirmed. Hit the jump for more on Pirates of the Caribbean 5.
As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald (via The Wrap), Pirates 5 is a go thanks to the funds that were allotted to Disney’s failed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film. There was a competing bid from Mexico so in order to win the production over, the Queensland government agreed to transfer the $21.6 million incentive from 20,000 Leagues to Pirates and cut payroll taxes, too. Here’s the schedule according to Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker:
”Pre-production is starting on the Gold Coast as we speak, and production of the film will start next year on the Gold Coast in February, before it moves to North Queensland.”
Australian Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts George Brandis added:
“This is a landmark deal with The Walt Disney Studios; this film will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world’s attention on Australia as a leading film destination.”
Apparently this arrangement will bring in about $100 million to the state and create 1,000 jobs as well.