Australian Harbor City, Sydney, has been chosen to be the filming location for "Green Lantern". On Thursday, April 16, New South Wales premier Nathan Rees made public that Warner Bros. Pictures have decided to develop the superhero film at Fox Studios Australia, which is located in the state capital of New South Wales.
The largest city in Down Under is chosen due to the fact that the film's reported $150 million budget worth a lot more there. In addition to that, the movie is also eligible to receive the Australian federal government's 15% location rebate on top of the incentives supplied by the New South Wales government for creating around 500 jobs and making a "substantial investment" in digital effects work in Australia.
Of the location selection, Fox Studios Australia CEO Nancy Romano further explained, "The decision by Warner Bros. to locate the production in New South Wales is tangible evidence that having a competitive incentive scheme in place returns positive results." Meanwhile, "Green Lantern" won't be Warner Bros.' first movie made in New South Wales, since "Happy Feet 2" and "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" are being developed there.
"Green Lantern" will tell the story of Hal Jordan, an ordinary test pilot who is suddenly given the task by dying alien named Abin Sur to protect the space using a green energy-powered ring. None has been attached to star as Hal Jordan so far, though Chris Pine was linked earlier. Pre-production for the movie scripted by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green is set to begin in July, before moving on to the filming in November for a U.S. release on December 17, 2010.