Kong: Skull Island to film in Queensland

Tom Hiddleston will star in the new movie Kong: Skull Island.
Tom Hiddleston will star in the new movie Kong: Skull Island. Bang Showbiz

ANOTHER Hollywood blockbuster is set to film in the Sunshine State, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced. 

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures' Kong: Skull Island will start preproduction this month before filming gets underway early next year. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she went to Los Angeles in June to secure the deal.

"[I] am thrilled they have chosen to film in Queensland," the Premier said.

"Securing Kong: Skull Island demonstrates the momentum we are building to ensure Queensland is a destination of choice for major producers and international studios.

"Kong will spend more than $15 million in Queensland by leveraging our world-class facilities and enlisting cast and crews in all aspects of physical production."

Just last week it was announced the new movie in Marvel's Thor franchise would film exclusively in Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk said Kong: Skull Island will create 60 local jobs. 

"Filming will take place at Village Roadshow Studios as well as on location throughout south-east Queensland.

"Queensland will also benefit beyond the economic spend during production with films such as this showcasing our region internationally.

Screen Queensland Chief Executive Officer Tracey Vieira said this latest announcement demonstrated the reputation Queensland was establishing in the international film production industry.

"Securing Kong, together with our growing international film production pipeline including Thor: Ragnarok announced only last week, The Nest 3D and The Shallows, highlights that our filmmaking capabilities, spectacular and diverse locations, internationally-renowned crew and world-class facilities act as major drawcards," Ms Vieira said.

"Kong will be shooting in two other international territories in addition to Queensland.

"Our local industry is certainly getting some big international credits under their belts and making incredible local content, as well as building the careers of emerging talent," Ms Vieira said.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Sam Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell.

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, and Derek Connolly, Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.

The film will be distributed worldwide in 3D and IMAX 3D in March 2017.  

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