It’s official. Terra Nova is Queensland-bound.
The 13-part dinosaur series series to be produced by Steven Spielberg will be largely filmed at the Gold Coast’s Warner Roadshow Studios. His last epic, The Pacific, was filmed in Victoria and Queensland.
FOX Television executive vice president of production Jim Sharp said Queensland provided the best of all possible worlds for filming.
“Queensland had the right look, climate and terrain, a vibrant production community and attractive economic incentives,” Mr Sharp said.
“We are very excited to be shooting our first production there.”
The confirmation follows a report last week that producers were considering Louisiana, Hawaii and Orlando (although there may yet be additional locations).
Last week the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance settled a concern with the FOX network which would have seen Australian actors paid at a local union rate, which is much lower than the standard Offshore productions rate. Negotiations are continuing over Overtime, Night Loadings and Travel arrangements for actors.
With a total production budget as high as $150m, the news on a Queensland locale is a win for the State government.
Premier Anna Bligh said, “My government provided considerable incentives through Screen Queensland to secure this production which, in turn, will generate in excess of $54 million in economic activity and create thousands of jobs.”
The series starring Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) will premiere in 2011 to be directed by Alex Graves (The West Wing, Ally McBeal) and Jon Cassar (24).
Shooting is expected to begin in October.
Source: Brisbane Times