TV fantasy to film as Irish/Canadian co-production
New TV fantasy series The Gulliver Curse will be made as an Irish/Canadian co-production, with filming planned for Ireland.
The Gulliver Curse is based on Jonathan Swift’s famous 18th century novel Gulliver’s Travels and follows a man who opens a passageway to an alternate universe, unleashing strange dangers into the world.
Filming on the high-end series is being scheduled for Ireland but visual effects and post-production work will take place in British Columbia. The series is a pilot project from Creative BC’s Project Development Fund and is being co-financed by the Irish Film Board.
“Funding for this co-production was established because of a trade mission to Ireland in November 2015,” said Robert Wong, vice president of Creative BC and acting film commissioner of British Columbia.
“While Creative BC actively fosters international opportunities for BC companies, The Gulliver Curse will be one of the first co-development projects to receive programme funding, acting as a pilot for other agency-to-agency agreements.”
The Gulliver Curse is being co-developed by Omnifilm Entertainment in Vancouver, which is one of North America’s most popular production centres and a thriving post-production hub.
“We are delighted to be working with Creative BC on this project,” said James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board.
“Ireland has a strong track record of co-producing with Canada," said Hickey. "Irish producers are very experienced in the art of co-production and there is a wealth of talent working in Ireland at the moment.”
High-end TV productions Vikings and Penny Dreadful have both had production bases near Dublin in recent years. The capital is also attracting more high-profile film shoots, with Mel Gibson and Sean Penn currently doubling the city for Oxford in the true-life feature The Professor and the Madman.
Ireland is also looking to expand its production industry westward with the development of Troy Studios in Limerick.