The Gold Coast has scored another Hollywood blockbuster, with Thai cave rescue movie ‘Thirteen Lives’ set to be filmed here next year.
The film, which will be directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, tells the gripping true story of the 2018 rescue of a boys’ soccer team from a cave in Thailand.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the exciting announcement on Friday, describing it as a major coup for Queensland.
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“The Gold Coast is one of few places in the world where the screen industry is booming,” the Premier said.
“That’s thanks to the way Queensland has managed this health crisis – ensuring we can secure productions like Thirteen Lives that will create hundreds of local jobs and pump millions of dollars into businesses on the Coast.
“The story of this rescue captivated millions of people around the world. It’s great that the Gold Coast can play a part in ensuring this special production goes ahead.”
The movie is expected to employ more than 275 Queensland cast and crew and pump a whopping $45 million into the local economy.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said the film will recount one of the rare moments in our shared history, when the world “held its collective breath” and hoped for the safe emergence of 12 boys and their coach.
“For a production of such profile and international interest, led by legendary director Ron Howard, to be filming in Queensland is testament to our burgeoning reputation as a location of first choice for blockbuster feature films and TV series,” Ms Munnich said.
“Screen Queensland is excited to be welcoming Thirteen Lives to the production paradise that is Queensland and is proud of the high number of local cast and crew that will be employed on the project.”
Filming for the live-action feature film by Imagine Entertainment and MGM is expected to start in March next year.
Director Ron Howard says he cannot wait to head down under.
“I would like to thank Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Screen Queensland for their support of Thirteen Lives. I am thrilled to bring this film to Queensland and to work with many talented and skilled Australian artists over the coming months.”