Universal Pictures returns to Australia to film a feature film adaptation of the 80s TV series The fell guy.
After being lured to Queensland last year for Ol Parker’s romantic comedy ticket to paradisethe company will head to NSW for its next action adventure, which is receiving $30m through the federal government’s Location Incentive scheme, as well as $14.5m backing through the $175m Made in NSW fund dollars from the NSW government.
Created by Glen A. Larson, the original The fell guy starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stuntman who, to make ends meet, has a side business as a bounty hunter. The series ran for over 100 episodes between 1981 and 1986.
There are reports that Ryan Gosling is set to take on the lead role in the movie version.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, expected the upcoming production to inject more than $244 million into the Australian economy.
“We are happy to welcome The fell guy down with $30 million in support from our highly successful location incentive, with production employing over 1,000 Australian cast and crew, and over 3,015 Australian extras,” he said. .
“Thanks to the Morrison Government’s investment in big budget production, we are creating more jobs, a strong economy and a stronger future for Australians.”
Partially shot in a film studio, The fell guy is intended to showcase the Sydney landscape and film studio facilities while providing educational opportunities for the screen industry.
Universal Pictures President, Physical Production Jeff LaPlante, the filmmakers and the Universal team were eager to work alongside local crews to make the project a reality.
“After a successful partnership on the production of the studio of ticket to paradise in Queensland, Universal is delighted to return to Australia and set up shop in New South Wales for the highly anticipated film, The fell guy,” he said.
NSW Arts Minister Ben Franklin said New South Wales has become one of the most sought-after locations to film major Hollywood films.
“From its sandy shores to its vast hinterland and bustling cities, Sydney and New South Wales have everything a filmmaker needs to transport audiences to another world,” he said.
So far, the Federal Government has committed over $403 million through the Rental Incentive to attract 33 international productions to Australia.