From Business News Australia
The Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor. Both formidable matchups. But Godzilla vs King Kong? Now that's something to put bets down on.
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Australians are in for a treat now that the producers behind two major film and TV productions are going to be filmed on the Gold Coast, and one is of completely epic proportions.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed this morning that Godzilla vs. Kong and TV series Reef Break have been attracted to the bourgeoning Queensland film sector.
Big both in size and in economic potential, the state's Premier says Godzilla vs. Kong will be the biggest movie to be filmed in Queensland in a while.
"Godzilla vs. Kong is the biggest blockbuster that we have seen for a long time which will be filmed on the Gold Coast," says the Premier.
Starring Stranger Things breakout actress Millie Bobby Brown, Godzilla vs. Kong is expected to be released in 2020.
Filming of the massive monster movie will commence immediately once the currently in production Dora the Explorer movie is completed.
The Premier also said that Disney's ABC Studios International will be filming television series Reef Break, starring Australian actress Poppy Montgomery, in the state's South East.
Both productions are expected to create more than 1,000 jobs for cast, crew, and extras.
The recently introduced location tax offset for international productions is said to be what is attracting these blockbusters to our shores.
"When I met with Legendary Pictures executives about Godzilla vs. Kong in Los Angeles in June, I mentioned our world-class facilities, talent and expertise we have in Queensland and they made specific mention of how the Dora offset deal dealhas provided certainty for production houses," says The Premier.
"Increasing the offset from 16.5 to 30 per cent nationally finally makes Australia world-competitive when it comes to luring international movie-makers to film their blockbusters and there's no better place than in Queensland."
"We want to see a permanent film industry created here with permanent jobs for the thousands of talented local crew and production staff and to keep providing a boost to our economy."
Queensland has been a hotbed of activity over the last few years in terms of spitting out some blockbuster films. In addition to Dora the Exporer, producers have selected Queensland as the place to make hits like Aquaman, Kong: Skull Island, Thor: Ragnarok, and Pacific Rim: Uprising.