French Survivor crew check out the Daintree
FILM crews from French Survivor recently spent a week scoping out the Daintree Rainforest as the setting for an upcoming series.
The French version of Survivor, Koh-Lanta, is one of three major television programs interested the Douglas region as a filming location.
Silky Oaks Lodge owner Paul Van Min said the hotel hosted the crew last Sunday.
“What they exactly had in mind they wouldn’t say, but they are looking at coming here,” he said.
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree executive officer Doug Ryan was coy with details but said he had been contacted by multiple television film crews keen to shoot episodes in the region.
“Two of them have been approaching every second place in town,” he said.
“(The third) is talking to Hamilton Island but we’re hoping we get them here.”
Mr Ryan would not spill details on which networks had shown interest but said the shows involved were “high-profile”.
“One is coming to do site inspections next weekend and one has already booked accommodation,” he said.
“I can’t say anything because of a media embargo but if you see certain celebrities walking down Macrossan St you’ll soon know.”
But he said any exposure for the region in France could help boost tourism.
“France is our biggest growing international market at the moment, so it would be great if it happened,” Mr Ryan said.
Any filming is unlikely to begin in the next few months, with Mr Ryan saying he understood all three still were in preliminary stages.
Survivor country: the French version of the popular TV franchise is eyeing the Daintree for its next series