A Hollywood film is coming to Victoria, creating more than 1000 jobs and pumping $20 million into the Australian economy.
Live-action animation movie Woody Woodpecker 2 will be filmed in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher announced the production from Universal 1440 Entertainment will receive $2.7 million in funding from the government’s Location Incentive initiative.
“The Woody Woodpecker sequel is providing employment for more than 700 Australian cast and crew, and more than 300 Australian extras,” Mr Fletcher said in a statement on Monday.
The production is also funded by the state government through its Film Victoria Victorian Screen Incentive.
Victoria’s Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said the sequel will showcase the state’s local talent and stunning locations.
“The production is injecting over $11 million directly into the Victorian economy while providing jobs for our skilled screen practitioners, training opportunities for the next generation and stimulus for local businesses across the state,” he said.
“Victoria’s natural landscapes can double as almost anywhere in the world and this provides a lucrative opportunity for our regional communities.”