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MOVIE MAGIC IN THE PLANNING FOR WHITSUNDAYS

NEGOTIATIONS are underway that could bring the production of a major motion picture film to Airlie Beach.

A Disney re-make of the Jules Verne classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, is tipped to be the biggest production to by filmed in Australia to date, with a Whitsunday mainland destination having already captured the attention of location scouts.

A Whitsunday Regional Council spokesperson confirmed Council had been approached by a Cairns-based production company, who broker on behalf of major film studios to find sets.

"We were contacted by representatives of the studio to advise they'd found the perfect set in the Whitsundays and that Council was required to make this a reality," the spokesperson said.

Funnel Bay is believed to be the location of the film-maker's choice. Council recently passed a temporary local planning instrument, which would allow film-makers to proceed under studio requirements while also taking into consideration environmental issues.

Meanwhile, at a casting level, film director David Fincher is reportedly trying to woo Brad Pitt for one of the production's leading roles.

Whether Pitt and his equally famous wife Angelina Jolie will be walking the Whitsunday streets, is yet to be confirmed.

If the movie is given the green light, principal filming on location is expected to take place in September and October when the weather is traditionally at its best.


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