Fantasy film I, Frankenstein will be filmed in Victoria, in a deal which the state government says will see $37m spent locally on cast and crew.
The news comes a month after it was announced the film was coming to Australia.
Australian filmmaker Stuart Beattie (director of Tomorrow, When the War Began, writer of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Australia) will both write and direct.
Victoria’s minister for innovation, services and small business Louise Asher said: “Securing an Australian production with such a high international profile is a real testament to the strength of the Victorian screen industry and the calibre of the crews, talent, facilities and services available here.”
Production will be based at Docklands Studios with exact locations yet to be finalised. Pre-production commences soon and filming is now scheduled for February 2012 a slight delay on the previously announced January.
Film Victoria’s new CEO Jenni Tosi said “Attracting a production of this calibre is great news for the industry. It gives local practitioners a chance to further develop their skills and experience, and builds on our already solid relationship with Australian and US production houses. Our crews, facilities, incentives, film-friendly councils and our film commission services continue to make Melbourne an attractive production destination.”
The annoncement marks a win for Film Victoria after seeing production for both Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Alex Proya’s Paradise Lost heading to NSW.
I, Frankenstein will be produced by Hopscotch Features in partnership with Lakeshore Entertainment. Troy Lum of Hopscotch and Kevin Grevioux, writer of the graphic Novel I, Frankenstein will be executive producers with Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Andrew Mason and Richard Wright of Lakeshore producers.
Lakeshore’s Andrew Mason said: “Victoria has an incredible diversity of locations and specialised local crew, and Film Victoria’s services and support are really outstanding. We decided Melbourne was the perfect home for this project.”
I, Frankenstein is described as “a modern-day gothic thriller, the film tells the tale of Dr. Frankenstein’s creature Adam, who centuries after his birth finds himself in a gothic city, caught in a war between two immortal clans.”