We haven’t heard anything about Green Lantern since is was announced that Ryan Reynolds would be suiting up to play the lead. We were told they were planning on filming in January next year, so one would assume they were busy working on the script and sorting out other pre-production duties. However, according to Inside Film the film may have hit a snag.
Green Lantern’s proposed Australian shoot is understood to be under threat after the rising Australian dollar has blown out production costs.
Warner Bros is understood to be negotiating with the NSW State Government to receive a higher level of concessions in an effort to claw back between $US15 and $US25 million in value eroded by the currency gains.
The value of the Australian dollar has climbed by more than 16 per cent since the State Labor government announced the deal to film at Fox Studios in mid-April. The big-budget Hollywood blockbuster was expected to create around 500 local jobs, including 100 performers and 200 crew.
While most offshore productions lock in finance when a project is green-lit, it is understood that ongoing work on the Green Lantern script delayed that move. Pre-production on the film was originally scheduled for July and filming for November.
Nobody from Warner Bros. has commented on this so no word yet on whether this is true. Although I doubt they would come out and reveal they are having money troubles. Funnily enough it was Australian tax breaks (or lack of) that stuck a nail in the Justice League movie’s coffin. But that wasn’t so bad as the movie sounded horrible. Green Lantern on the other hand is sounding far better, especially as they have Casino Royale director Martin Campbell on-board.