Godzilla vs. Kong sequel begins filming in Australia

The Gold Coast's Surfers Paradise beach is doubling for Rio de Janeiro 

By Priyanca Rajput 1 Aug 2022

Godzilla vs. Kong sequel begins filming in Australia
Godzilla vs. Kong. Credit: Warner Bros.

Filming is underway in Australia on the latest instalment of the Godzilla Vs. Kong franchise for Legendary Pictures. 

The production update comes from local broadcaster 7NEWS Brisbane, where footage reveals a swarm of extras fleeing the waters on a beach in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, which is being doubled for Rio de Janeiro. 

“Surfers Paradise became Rio this morning... Brazilian lifeguards, taxis and military police... hours of preparation,” reports Amelia Adam. “Before a sight at sea caused quite a commotion. Once the computer generated image experts are done, Godzilla will be striding through the Surf on the Goldcoast's busiest beach.”

The Gold Coast was also used as a location in the previous 2021 Godzilla film as part of the Monstaverse franchise. 

Earlier in March, KFTV reported the shoot is set to create 505 jobs for Queensland cast and crew, plus opportunities for 750 extras, according to premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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.” 

The untitled project starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), is produced by Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni and is directed by Adam Wingard.

The film is slated for theatrical release on 15 March, 2024.

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