Whitsundays on pirate alert
CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl could soon be sailing the Whitsunday coast thanks to the announcement that the fifth movie in Walt Disney Studio’s Pirates of the Caribbean series will be shot in Queensland.
Queensland Arts Minister, Ian Walker, said last week, that the movie, starring Johnny Depp, would be filmed in studios on the Gold Coast, with locations at Port Douglas and north of Mackay.
Whitsunday Regional Council CEO Scott Waters said a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI), covering filming at Funnel Bay, was still in place and open to the film-makers to use.
Mr Waters explained the TLPI was originally negotiated when Disney looked at the site for a re-make of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which was to have starred Brad Pitt.
While this was never made, Airlie’s Funnel Bay did become the location of choice for ‘Mrs Pitt’ - Angelina Jolie, who shot scenes for her directorial debut Unbroken there, earlier this year.
Mr Waters said the TLPI was “not specific to any one film” and remained open at the present time.
Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) Executive Director, Jeff Aquilina, confirmed tourism representatives had been working with Walt Disney location scouts, but he could not elaborate due to the fact “there were some confidentiality arrangements in place”.
Nonetheless he admitted Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and Tongue Bay all “screamed pirates of the Caribbean”.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia. Pre-production will start early this month, with principal photography expected to begin in February next year. The film is slated to be released in cinemas worldwide in July 2017.
HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbarossa (Geoffrey Rush), could be visitors to Airlie Beach next year if Whitsunday locations make the cut for the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.