A film about the early years of the beloved Australian canine, Red Dog, will begin filming in Western Australia's Pilbara region later this year.
In the 1970s, Red Dog hitched rides and travelled by foot through the Pilbara, adopting people and uniting the community.
Blue Dog will explore the events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier.
Producer Nelson Woss is again teaming up with writer Daniel Taplitz and director Kriv Stenders for Blue Dog.
Woss will join WA Culture and the Arts Minister John Day on Friday at the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shenton Park to look for potential canines for the prequel film.
It is also the location of a statue of the late Koko, who played Red Dog.
Mr Day said the State Government would support the production through ScreenWest.
“Perth and the Pilbara will be used as pre-production and production locations, generating considerable employment for local crew and significant spend in the local economies,” he said.
“Blue Dog will once again shine the spotlight on the Pilbara as the heartbeat of the Australian economy."
"Importantly, it will showcase Western Australia’s extraordinary landscapes and beautiful filming locations.”
Screen Australia will also provide funding for Blue Dog.
Red Dog, which won best film at the inaugural 2012 AACTA Awards, earned more than $21 million at the box office, making it the ninth highest grossing Australian film of all time.