Gold Coast secures production of massive ten-part Disney+ series

The Gold Coast has secured another massive TV series, which is set to inject millions of dollars into the local economy.

Disney+ will film the live-action sci-fi adventure series Nautilus, which is based on Jules Verne’s classic novel ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’.

It will tell the story of Nemo, an Indian Prince robbed of his birthright and family, a prisoner of the East India Company and a man bent on revenge against the forces which have taken everything from him.


The ten-part series will inject around $96 million into the local economy, and create approximately 240 jobs in cast and crew, as well as 350 extras.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s great to have Disney back for another high-end production.

“The Walt Disney Company filmed Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Queensland, as well as Thor: Ragnarök via their subsidiary Marvel Studios, so we are thrilled that one of the biggest names in the global screen industry has once again chosen our state,” Premier Palaszczuk said in a statement.

“Supporting the Screen industry and luring big-budget productions here through our Production Attraction Strategy is a critical part of our Economic Recovery Plan.

“With the series set to release to a massive global audience of Disney and sci-fi fans, via the enormously popular streaming platform Disney+, the potential for multiple seasons is a particularly exciting prospect for our local screen workforce, not to mention the huge flow-on benefits to Queensland’s economy as my Government continues to strategically invest in our post-COVID recovery,” she said.

Filming is set to get underway early next year.

“Nautilus will be a complex production requiring the construction of large-scale sets, together with heavy visual effects and a highly technical set-up for computer-generated creatures and worlds – it’s an epic project on a large scale, scheduled to film in Queensland for many months,” said Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich.

“In addition to its sound stages, Village Roadshow Studio’s three water tanks will be critical to this production, alongside expert local crew who are particularly experienced with water work – other key factors that positioned Queensland as a stand-out candidate to bring this highly anticipated series to life.”