Two of Hollywood's biggest stars may soon be in Australia for the shooting of a blockbuster flick if the Federal Government can strike a deal with Disney.
If talks go well, Brad Pitt could begin filming 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo in Australia within months. And with the shoot expected to take four to six months, his superstar wife Angelina Jolie might join him Down Under.
Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean will meet Disney executives in Canberra on Friday to discuss the Government's bid to encourage Hollywood productions in Australia.
To attract the blockbuster Wolverine to our shores, the Government granted the producers of the film a one-off payment of $12.8 million.
The production boosted Australia's profile as a film destination and generated 2000 jobs and $80 million in local investment.
"This is bigger," Mr Crean told ABC radio.
It's not known how much the government will offer Disney, but a spokesman for Mr Crean said given the significantly larger scale of this film the bid would certainly be higher than for Wolverine.
Mr Crean has urged people not to jump the gun - the deal is only in the discussion stage.
Executives from Disney have been scouting locations in NSW and the Gold Coast to find the perfect location for the shoot, according to News Limited newspapers.
The Government is pitching a $12 million one-off payment but needs extra cash from the NSW and Queensland governments to sweeten the offer.
Mr Crean said it would be money well spent to lift employment, boost the economy and reinforce the Australian brand.
He said Wolverine director James Mangold had praised his Australian crews as the best he'd worked with anywhere in the world. "This is what directors want," he said.
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