The Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory has announced that pirates are about to land on the Australian state's shore.
The Australian government welcomed Walt Disney Studios' decision to film the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean in Queensland, with Sen. George Brandis quoted as saying they are "delighted to have secured high-profile movie franchise Pirates of the Caribbean to film in Australia with a contribution of $21.6 million."
The upcoming sequel will be the largest international feature ever filmed in Australia, and the country's government representatives hope it will lead more movie productions down under. "Our investment in attracting the film to Australia will result in substantial benefits for the screen industry and economy," Brandis said.
The Disney film is expected to bring in around $100 million to Queensland and provide jobs for thousands of Australians. Other recent major films shot in Queensland include 2015's San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson, and Angelina Jolie's Unbroken -- both of which created more than 3,000 jobs for the state. "This fifth Pirates of the Caribbean production is a bigger film in terms of expenditure than either of those big budget films, so the economic benefits to the state will be powerful," said Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker.
Principal photography on the fifth Pirates film is expected to begin in February, with Jerry Bruckheimer returning as producer and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg attached to direct. The film is scheduled for release in July 2017.