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The Legend of Monkey TV drama filming in NZ

AucklandSee-Saw Films is shooting adventure series The Legend of Monkey in and around Auckland, New Zealand, for Netflix and local channels.

The ten-part story is inspired by a 400-year-old Chinese fable and follows a teenage girl as she joins forces with three fallen gods to save the world from a demonic force.

“Our production partner See-Saw Films is bringing The Legend of Monkey to life through incredible locations and sets, an acclaimed production team and an exciting diverse young cast,” said Michael Carrington, head of children’s at ABC Television, which will screen the series in Australia.  

The series is an official New Zealand-Australia co-production with Screen Australia and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant among the main investors.

Auckland is New Zealand’s main TV production hub and the city’s Auckland Film Studios has hosted the MTV fantasy drama The Shannara Chronicles.

Jon Turteltaub’s action movie Meg recently shot scenes near Auckland and built specialist water tanks that have now been made permanent as Kumeu Film Studios. Feature production in New Zealand is generally based further south in the capital Wellington.

For more on filming in New Zealand see our production guide.

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