Disney+ is set to film its latest live-action adventure drama series Nautilus in Australia in a move that’s expected to provide a huge injection into the local production sector.
Disney+ made the decision to film in Queensland after receiving government assistance including $23.3 million from the Federal Government’s Location Incentive program.
Based on the Jules Verne classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this epic ten-part live action series reveals the never before told origin story of Verne’s most iconic character, Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine, The Nautilus.
An Indian prince robbed of his birth right and family and a prisoner of the East India Company, Nemo is bent on revenge against the forces which have taken everything from him. Once he sets sail with his ragtag crew on board the technologically advanced submarine Nautilus, he battles with his enemy and also discovers a magical underwater world.
Casting for the series is yet to be confirmed
Director of Scripted Original Content at Disney+, Johanna Devereaux, said Jules Verne’s story is a beloved classic all around the world.
“It’s a huge privilege to bring the Nautilus and her crew to life again in such a bold, exciting way, with a diverse team of creative talent and on-screen characters. The series will be breath-taking, action-packed, and a huge amount of fun,”
Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher MP, said the production is expected generate more than $172 million of local economic activity.
“Nautilus will directly create more than 290 jobs for Australian cast and crew, more than 2,200 extras roles, and use the services of an estimated 200 businesses across the country when they begin filming early next year,”
“The Morrison Government’s $540 million Location Incentive program is working very effectively to support the Australian screen sector to take advantage of the global boom in high-end content production, attracting substantial international series like Nautilus to our shores alongside Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives, and Ticket to Paradise starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.”
To be filmed in Queensland at Village Roadshow Studios and on location from early 2022, the Disney+ production is also funded by the Queensland Government via Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed Disney back to the state for another big-budget, high-end production which would bring millions into the local economy and create hundreds of jobs.
“The Walt Disney Company filmed Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Queensland, as well as Thor: Ragnarök via their subsidiary Marvel Studios, so we are thrilled that one of the biggest names in the global screen industry has once again chosen our state,” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“Supporting the screen industry and luring big budget productions here through our Production Attraction Strategy is a critical part of our Economic Recovery Plan.”
Developed and co-produced by Moonriver TV’s Xavier Marchand and Seven Stories’ Anand Tucker, Nautilus is written and executive produced by James Dormer (Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands) and is executive produced by Johanna Devereaux for Disney.