Norse Gods and Aliens Head Down Under as Aussie Lures Filmmakers

  • New Movies in Thor, Alien Series to be Filmed in Australia
  • Government to provide subsidies to Hollywood companies

Australia’s weaker currency and government subsidies are luring Hollywood filmmakers Down Under.

The new movies in Marvel Studios’ Thor and Twentieth Century Fox’s Alien series will be filmed in Australia, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told reporters in Canberra Thursday. While the government will provide A$47 million ($34 million) in subsidies, the films are expected to bolster the economy by A$300 million and create 3,000 jobs.

“Attracting major films made here will be a significant boost for our economy, for our industrial base, and for linking Australia in innumerable ways to our ever-globalizing world,” Bishop said. Australia’s varied locations and skilled workforce, along with its stable economy and currency make the nation an attractive destination, she said.

Walt Disney Co., which controls Marvel Studios, has previous experience of shooting in Australia, including the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, due for release in 2017. Other blockbusters shot in the nation, where the dollar has fallen about 30 percent since January 2013 as a mining boom wanes, include installments in franchises such as Star Wars, The Matrix and X-Men.

Thor: Ragnarok, the third movie in the series, is set for release in 2017, while the untitled Alien sequel will again by helmed by filmmaker Ridley Scott. The exact location of the filming wasn’t announced.

Filmmakers in the the U.S. “specifically spoke about the value in Australia as a filming destination: the quality and variety of our locations, but more importantly our highly qualified and talented workforce, our embrace of innovative technology,” Bishop said.

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