Ryan Gosling will temporarily call Australia home while he films The fell guy – a feature film adaptation of the iconic television series created by Glen A. Larson and starring Lee Majors as stuntman Colt Seavers, who moonlights as a bounty hunter. Think Conduct but less art and essay.
According to Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher, the production – which has booked Sydney and rural New South Wales for principal photography – is expected to:
- inject approximately $244 million into the Australian economy
- employ more than 1,000 cast and crew
- as well as use over 3,000 extras
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In return for local support, the Federal Government’s Localization Incentives Scheme awarded the latest Hollywood attache $30m, while the state government’s Made In NSW Fund will provide $14.5m additional.
The fell guy will hit theaters under the Universal banner after the studio won a fierce bidding war for the project last year. But at this point, aside from the fact that cameras should start rolling later this year around spring, further details are few and far between.
There has been no confirmation regarding other cast members joining Ryan Gosling here in Australia. Neither the screenwriter(s) selected to adapt a classic nor a director have been named; although David Leitch of John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2and High-speed train fame would be high on the list of considerations. As for an international release date, likewise, nothing has been announced yet.
“After a successful partnership on the production of the studio of ticket to paradise in Queensland,” said Jeff LaPlante, president of physical production, Universal Pictures; in reference to the romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney filmed in the Whitsundays, Brisbane and Gold Coast late last year.
“Universal is thrilled to return to Australia and set up shop in New South Wales for the highly anticipated film: The fell guy. The Universal filmmakers and crew look forward to working alongside the talented local crews to make this project a reality.
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While Australia is no longer one of the safest COVID-19 places to make a film, the country is still attract Hollywood attention beyond Universal Pictures, The fell guy, and Ryan Gosling. And it’s all thanks to a tempting combination of government incentives and the falling value of the Australian dollar, notes The Sydney Morning Herald. That’s why the likes of Marvel Studios had apparently considered moving their entire operation Down Under for the next five years.
Earlier in the pandemic, Australia hosted productions such as Taika Waitit’s Thor: Love and Thunder (Sydney), Destin Daniel Cretton Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Sydney), by Baz Luhrman Elvis (Cote d’Or), George Miller’s Three thousand years of nostalgia (Sydney), HBO Nine perfect strangers (Northern Rivers), as well as NBC’s Young Rock (Brisbane).
Now it’s The fell guyGeorge Miller’s long-awaited Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa – featuring our very own Chris Hemsworth and Anya Taylor-Joy – plus an unnamed project to be directed by Michael Bay following Ambulance with Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Suffice it to say, Hollywood 2.0 is in full swing.