A new Mad Max film starring Australian actor Chris Hemsworth will be the biggest movie “ever made in New South Wales,” it was claimed today.
As with the first four Mad Max films – Mad Max 1 in 1979, Mad Max 2 in 1981, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 and Mad Max Fury Road in 2015 – the next instalment, said to be a prequel, will also be directed by Australian George Miller.
Mad Max Furiosa – due to hit cinemas in 2023 – will be filmed primarily in Sydney and the remote NSW town of Broken Hill, said representatives for the movie.
"This has always been our home, Sydney and NSW, and we have shot so much here," Mr Miller told ABC News. "It means we are keeping the really brilliant talent here who previously went overseas."
Production for the movie will be partially funded by grants schemes supported by the NSW and Federal Government.
NSW Treasurer Dom Perrottet told ABC News the new Mad Max movie will be funded in part by a "Made in NSW" fund, which is about $175 million per film over five years.
"The reality is, if you want to make a movie in Australia, you don't want to make it in Queensland, you want to make it in NSW," Mr Perrottet told ABC News. "We are by far the most generous when it come to film investment."
A federal government scheme – worth $540 million over eight years – had attracted 22 movie productions to Australia to date, a government official told ABC News.
The NSW Government said the new Mad Max movie would "create 850 local jobs and inject at least $350 million into the state's economy", ABC News reported.
Actor Chris Hemsworth told media he grew up watching Mad Max movies and felt a "lot of pressure" to continue the role that launched the acting career of Mel Gibson.
"It's something I'm going to put my heart and soul into because it really is for me, out of everything I've done, the biggest pinch-myself moment because I've grown up watching it," Hemsworth told Australian media.
Hemsworth said it was important to him the latest Mad Max movie was filmed in Australia. The previous instalment was shot in Namibia.
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