'Thor: Ragnarok,' 'Alien' Film Set for Australian Shoots in 2016

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The Australian government has announced funding of $34 million to secure both films.

Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and director Ridley Scott's next Alien film will both be made in Australia in 2016, after the Australian government offered $34.3 million (AUS$47 million) of investment to secure the shoots, the nation's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, announced on Thursday.

According to Bishop the two films will bring more than $216 million in offshore investment to Australia’s economy, provide over 3,000 jobs and use the services of thousands of Australian businesses.

"Australia's creative industries are well placed to take advantage of a growing global economy, and I have been actively promoting Australia for the production of major international films," Bishop said. 

"Our high-quality facilities, leading industry experts, outstanding creative talent and diverse landscapes have given us an exceptional reputation as a world-class destination," she added.

Bishop reportedly landed the films for Australia after recent trips to the U.S.

A release from locations marketing agency Ausfilm referred to Scott's film as an untitled Alien project, as have local Australian reports. Scott has been working on the sequel to Prometheus, which will be titled Alien: Paradise Lost.

The announcement comes after Disney’s Pirates of The Caribbean 5 finished shooting on the Gold Coast in August. No details have been announced on which state or studio facility will host the shoots, although Thor: Ragnarok is expected to shoot at the Village Roadshow Studios on Queensland’s Gold Coast, while Fox Studios Australia in Sydney would be the frontrunner to host Scott's film.

New Zealand director Taika Waititi will helm Thor: Ragnarok, the third in that particular superhero franchise, with Aussie star Chris Hemsworth to reprise his role as the Norse god of thunder for Marvel and Disney. It's slated for release on July 28, 2017.

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