Malcolm Turnbull is apparently a bit of a film buff. The Turnbull government is offering Hollywood studios $47 million in grants to have blockbuster films ‘Alien’ and ‘Thor’ filmed in Australia. The decision is expected to create 3,000 local jobs and generate $300 million in investment in the country.
‘Alien’, Ridley Scott‘s sixth instalment in the series after 2012’s ‘Prometheus’ is being made by 20th Century Fox Studios and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ starring Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth, is being made by Walt Disney studios.
Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop commented, “Australia’s creative industries are well placed to take advantage of a growing global economy and I have been actively promoting Australia for the production of major international films. Our high-quality facilities, leading industry experts, outstanding creative talent and diverse landscapes have given us an exceptional reputation as a world-class destination.”
Ridley Scott and Chris Hemsworth have also shown their support with video messages celebrating the news. Hemsworth was particularly happy about the choice, saying for him it is “incredibly exciting to be coming back home to work”. While production for both films will start next year, exact locations are yet to be confirmed. Watch this space.