Peter Rabbit movie to film in Australia
A new big-screen adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s children’s character Peter Rabbit will film as a hybrid live-action and animated production in New South Wales, Australia.
The film is being made by animation house Animal Logic, which produced The Lego Movie, and is being co-funded by US studio Columbia Pictures alongside support from the recently-launched AUD $20m Made in NSW fund.
Various animated versions of the Peter Rabbit stories have been made for TV over the past few decades, but the only live-action film has been the 2006 movie Miss Potter (pictured), which told the story of the author herself.
Animation work is already underway on the new Peter Rabbit movie and live-action filming is scheduled to start in January 2017.
“New South Wales is famous for verdant beauty that will provide Peter Rabbit with a warm and impressive backdrop and we are excited to be working with the talented crews in NSW and the animation wizards at Animal Logic,” said Andy Davis, president of production administration at Columbia Pictures.
The Made in NSW fund was launched in June to bring more high-end TV and film shoots to Sydney and other parts of New South Wales. In July Jackie Chan’s action movie Bleeding Steel became the first production to use the support programme.
Australia’s main federal filming incentive, a Location Offset scheme, offers a rebate of 16.5%. Recently the government has been under pressure to increase this percentage to make the industry more internationally competitive.
For more on filming in Australia see our production guide.
Image: UK Film Council