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Disney descends on the Gold Coast to film Nautilus series

Disney descends on the Gold Coast to film Nautilus series based on Jules Verne’s underwater fantasy Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Disney+ has confirmed plans to film its upcoming fantasy series Nautilus on the Gold Coast.

The big-budget production will begin filming next year, injecting an estimated $96million into Queensland‘s economy and creating hundreds of local jobs, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported on Tuesday.

Based on Jules Verne’s 19th century underwater novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the ten-part live-action series will tell the origin story of Captain Nemo and his legendary submarine Nautilus.

Captain Nemo is back! Disney+ has confirmed plans to film its upcoming fantasy series Nautilus on the Gold Coast. Pictured: a promotional image for Disney’s 1965 film Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, starring James Mason 

The production was secured as part of Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction strategy, and received over $23.3million in state and federal government funding.  

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Nautilus will inject an estimated  $96million into the state’s economy, create about 240 jobs for local cast and crew members, plus jobs for 350 extras.

‘We are thrilled that one of the biggest names in the global screen industry has once again chosen our state,’ she said.

'We are thrilled': Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) said Nautilus will inject an estimated $96million into the state's economy, create about 240 jobs for local cast and crew-members, plus jobs for 350 extras

‘We are thrilled’: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) said Nautilus will inject an estimated $96million into the state’s economy, create about 240 jobs for local cast and crew-members, plus jobs for 350 extras

‘With the series set to release to a massive global audience of Disney and sci-fi fans, via the enormously popular streaming platform Disney+, the potential for multiple seasons is a particularly exciting prospect for our local screen workforce, not to mention the huge flow-on benefits to Queensland’s economy as my Government continues to strategically invest in our post-Covid recovery.’

Nautilus will be the first Disney production to film in Queensland since Thor: Ragnarok in 2016. 

The show will follow on from Disney’s 1965 film Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, starring James Mason, and will tell the tale of Captain Nemo assembling a ragtag crew aboard the Nautilus for an underwater adventure. 

Iconic story: The show will follow on from Disney's 1965 film Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, starring James Mason, and will tell the tale of Captain Nemo assembling a ragtag crew aboard the Nautilus for an underwater adventure. Pictured: James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas

Iconic story: The show will follow on from Disney’s 1965 film Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, starring James Mason, and will tell the tale of Captain Nemo assembling a ragtag crew aboard the Nautilus for an underwater adventure. Pictured: James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas 

‘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,’ Johanna Devereaux, Disney’s director of scripted original content, said of the project. 

‘The series will be breathtaking, action-packed, and a huge amount of fun.’ 

Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2022.

A new era of fantasy storytelling: 'The series will be breathtaking, action-packed, and a huge amount of fun', Johanna Devereaux, Disney's director of scripted original content, said

A new era of fantasy storytelling: ‘The series will be breathtaking, action-packed, and a huge amount of fun’, Johanna Devereaux, Disney’s director of scripted original content, said

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