Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said filming on the fifth film of the Monsterverse franchise will shoot across the Gold Coast and south-east Queensland later this year, and is set to create 505 jobs for Queensland cast and crew, plus opportunities for 750 extras.
Palaszczuk said: “It’s clear our highly skilled local crew, diverse locations and first-rate facilities were definite draw cards for them to come back again. The production is expected to inject more than double the A$36.5m that Godzilla vs. Kong brought to the state and is a welcome boost to our economy as we recover from the impacts of the global pandemic and south-east Queensland flooding events. These types of productions benefit our screen industry, deliver local jobs and provide a welcome boost to our small businesses and communities in and around our production sites.”
Kong Skull Island was shot in 2016 at Village Roadshow Studios and on location at South Stradbroke Island in south-east Queensland. Godzilla vs Kong was later shot for 26 weeks at Village Roadshow Studios in 2019, with scenes also filmed in Hawaii and Hong Kong.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said: “We are thrilled to see Legendary Pictureks return to our state,” said Munnich. “It is Screen Queensland’s role to support our strong local screen sector and provide career opportunities for homegrown talent by securing local, interstate and international productions. The latest instalment adds to an exciting slate of productions currently filming in Queensland, including highly-anticipated Disney+ series Nautilus and season two of Tim Minchin’s Foxtel Series Upright.”
Godzilla vs Kong producer Eric McLeod added the team are excited to be returning to Australia for the third time in the Monsterverse franchise.
“The highly skilled crews, first-rate facilities, and unique locations make filming in Australia a great experience, McLeod said. "The support from both the federal government as well as Queensland has always been critical to our success in achieving a high level of filmmaking and an unparalleled audience experience.”
The Palaszczuk government contributed to the production under Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy. The film has also secured federal government support under the Location Incentive Program.