Although exact locations are yet to be locked in it has been confirmed the prequel to Academy Award-winning film Mad Max: Fury Road will be filmed in NSW, leading to speculation regional areas like Dubbo could be potential settings.
Filming for Mad Max: Furiosa begins in June, with NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the blockbuster will be filmed in 'areas of western Sydney and regional NSW', as the franchise returns to Australian shores.
The first three Mad Max movies were all filmed in various locations around the state and 2015's Fury Road was initially set to the shot in and around Broken Hill, however unusual rainfall resulted in the usually-barren landscape blooming.
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As a result, with a need for post-apolocalyptic looks, the production moved to Namibia instead. Furiosa, with Byron Bay native Chris Hemworth headlining, is slated for a 2023 release and is expected to become the largest production filmed in Australia.
"This is great news for NSW - Furiosais expected to support more than 850 local jobs and bring in around $350 million into the NSW economy," Ms Berejiklian said.
"NSW will be home to this major production providing a boost to the economy across the State with filming to take place in a number of locations including in Western Sydney and regional NSW."
The NSW government's $175 million Made in NSW fund and PDV Rebate and the federal government's 40 per cent Producer Offset helped to secure the production for NSW.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said being able to attract such a huge project was a momentous occasion for the screen industry.
"Everything about Furiosa is as thrilling as it sounds, and I know this major production will further cement NSW's place as an extremely competitive film production powerhouse, for delivering high-end international productions," Mr Harwin said.
Australian-born Mad Max director, Dr George Miller, said he's thrilled to see the franchise return to his home shores.
"The support of the federal and NSW governments were pivotal. They made it possible for the film to be greenlit, shot in Australia and for the production to be based in our home state," Dr Miller said.
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