With the "Green Lantern" casting rumors running rampant -- is Chris Pine in, or is he out? -- it's hard to identify a reliable bit of news regarding the developing DC superhero flick. But there is at least one thing you can count on -- Hal Jordan, whoever he may be, is heading to Australia.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the superhero feature will shoot in Sydney, Australia at Fox Studios Australia. Pre-production on the movie is set to begin this July with filming slated for November. "Green Lantern" is planned for a December 2010 release.
Fox Studios in Australia is no stranger to genre fare. The Bryan Singer-directed "Superman Returns" filmed at the studios, as did the "Matrix" trilogy from the Wachowski Brothers -- themselves previously rumored for a "Superman" takeover.
"Green Lantern" may not have much of a cast or crew lined up yet, but there is no doubt a hefty dose of talent aboard -- "Casino Royale" filmmaker Martin Campbell will direct the feature from a story by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim.
Additionally, expect a whole bunch of crew to be announced in the coming weeks. THR reports that "Green Lantern" will generate "around 500 jobs and include a 'substantial investment' in digital effects work in Australia." That soon-to-boom Sydney economy can tip their hats towards "Green Lantern's" reported budget of $150 million.
While not much has been revealed about the film's plot, early reports have touted the "Green Lantern" script as an incredibly faithful adaptation. Combine that with the $150 million budget, and it's looking likelier and likelier that Hal Jordan will hit the big screen in epic fashion.
$150 million? Good lord, that's a lot of money! Sound off on your reactions to "Green Lantern's" substantial budget and shooting location in the comments section!