According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Australian government agreed to give The Walt Disney Co. a grant of $20.7 million dollars as incentive to film their latest blockbuster, the David Fincher-helmed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, in Australia.
In a statement, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea deal will help to create more than 2,000 jobs down under.
“On the back of the launch of Creative Australia, the new national cultural policy, the securing of this film is a huge coup for the Australian film industry and for the near 1,000 local businesses that will be providing goods and services for the film,” Gillard said.
The government apparently offered a similar deal to The Wolverine in exchange for headquartering its filming in Syndey. That film reportedly created over 1,750 jobs, employed more than 1,000 companies and earned close to $80 million dollars of investment.
While few details regarding the 20,000 Leagues shoot have been made public, the film is reported to be shooting in New South Wales and Queensland.