Work begins on Planet of the Apes blockbuster in Sydney

Karin Konoval and Amiah Miller in War for the Planet of the Apes.

Karin Konoval and Amiah Miller in War for the Planet of the Apes.

The latest Planet of the Apes blockbuster film will be produced in Sydney, creating hundreds of jobs and injecting millions of dollars to the harbour city.

Production has reportedly already begun on the film at Moore Park’s Fox Studios, which have been rebadged as Disney Studios Australia.

The Moore Park complex was most recently the home of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Thor: Love and Thunder.

Federal Arts Minister Tony Burke announced 20th Century Studios’ Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will receive $17 million in support from the Australian government, as well as funding through Screen NSW’s Made In NSW fund.

Directed by Wes Ball, the film is the latest chapter in the Planet of the Apes saga – picking up after the conclusion of 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes.

It will star Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Peter Macon, Eka Darville and Kevin Durand.

The production will create more than 400 local jobs, inject more than $128 million into the Australian economy and use the services of more than 1000 local businesses.

Mr Burke said the funding was part of the government’s commitment to supporting Australian screen workers.

“This production will support jobs and give our leading digital and visual effects workers the opportunity to showcase their talents to global audiences,” he said on Monday.

“Having a small part of the Disney universe right here in Australia is a significant boost to our local industry,” he said.

The Planet of the Apes franchise, based on a novel by Pierre Boulle, has amassed more than $2.7 billion in worldwide box office, since the release of the first film in 1968. Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is expected to be released in cinemas in 2024.

Meanwhile, NSW Arts Minister Ben Franklin said a production of Wicked will open next August at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, generating millions of dollars in visitor expenditure and supporting arts and hospitality jobs.

Wicked is a global sensation that has played to more than 60 million people in 16 countries, which will draw tens of thousands of musical lovers to the Harbour City and will coincide with its 20th anniversary on Broadway,” he said.

Mr Franklin said the announcements showed the NSW entertainment industry was again open for business after a tough couple of years.

“These announcements send such a strong message about how vibrant and alive the arts and culture is here in Sydney,” he told radio 2GB on Monday.

“We are really looking forward to an amazing summer of events happening.”

-with AAP

Topics: NSW, Planet of the Apes
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