[i [b Production got underway in Australia on Thursday on â€œGods of Egypt,â€ Summit Entertainment’s period fantasy actioner.[/i [/b
HONG KONG â€“ Production got underway in Australia on Thursday on â€œGods of Egypt,â€ Summit Entertainment’s period fantasy actioner.
Filming begins at the Fox Studios in Sydney with Alex Proyas at the helm and stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Geoffrey Rush (pictured, right) and Brenton Thwaites (pictured, left) heading the cast. French actress Elodie Yung (â€œG.I. Joe: Retaliationâ€) and Chadwick Boseman also feature.
Backed by Summit and produced by Proyas’ Mystery Clock Cinema and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road, the film has a budget reported as $150 million.
Entertainment One’s Australian unit, previously Hopscotch Films, will handle the local release as a result of an output deal with Summit.
The start of production is also nearing for New Line Cinema’s Dwayne Johnson-starring action vehicle â€œSan Andreas.â€
â€œSan Andreasâ€ is to be directed by Brad Peyton who previously directed Johnson in â€œJourney 2: The Mysterious Islandâ€ and is being produced by Beau Flynn (â€œHansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,â€ â€œRequiem for a Dreamâ€), Hiram Garcia and Rob Cowan (â€œThe Conjuringâ€).
A synopsis provided by location attraction organization Screen Queensland says: â€œJohnson is cast as a rescue helicopter pilot on a mission to find his daughter after a massive earthquake hits California.â€
Australia fell out of favor with international productions who found the costs too high. However, a 10% fall in the value of the Australian currency against the U.S. dollar has helped Oz win back ‘runaway productions’ from California and other locations.