Oct 23, 2015

    Next Thor and Alien films to be shot Down Under


    TWO big-budget blockbusters - the next instalment of Marvel superhero Thor and Ridley Scott's new Alien film - will be shot in Australia from next year, the government said yesterday.

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the deal to film Marvel Studios' Ragnarok, starring Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, and Scott's production for Twentieth Century Fox would generate 3,000 jobs and A$300 million (S$300.6 million) for the economy.

    The announcement comes after recent trips to the United States during which Ms Bishop lauded Australia for its highly qualified workforce, innovative technology, stable economy and low dollar.

    The original Thor in 2011, based on the Marvel Comics character, was a box-office smash and was followed by a sequel, Thor: The Dark World, in 2013, also starring Hemsworth.

    Sci-fi horror movie Alien, directed by Scott, was a cult hit in 1979 and led to three sequels.

    He is directing four prequels, beginning with the 2012 release of Prometheus.

    The latest instalment to be shot in Australia will be the second in that series, tipped to be called Alien: Paradise Lost.