Whit­sun­days on pi­rate alert

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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