Victoria has landed a Hollywood coup, securing filming of the third and final season of star-studded HBO and Warner Bros. series The Leftovers in Melbourne.
Premier Daniel Andrews was joined by HBO’s Senior Vice Presient of West Coast Production Jay Roewe at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, to make the exciting announcement.
Creating more than 250 local jobs and injecting around $20 million into the state’s economy, The Leftovers is the largest international television production deal since Childhood’s End was shot in early 2015.
“When Hollywood heavyweights HBO and Warner Bros. need a spectacular location down under, of course they choose to shoot in Victoria,” Premier Andrew said.
Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Leftovers is a drama that explores a world in shock and the lives that are changed forever, when 140 million people inexplicably vanish.
The first two seasons featured a star-studded cast including Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Regina King and Ann Dowd.
Broadcast across the US in 2015, the second season was the third-most watched drama, attracting around 6 million viewers every episode.
It’s the second time American entertainment powerhouses HBO and Warner Bros. have chosen Victoria as a filming location, an official press release said.
Warner Bros. chose Victoria to film its visually stunning feature Where the Wild Things Are, and HBO selected Victoria as the backdrop to its award-winning 10 part television miniseries, The Pacific.
A range of unique Melbourne and regional locations will set the scene for the final instalment of the series, with filming to commence in June 2016.
Filming for the production will take place over three months with some post-production and visual effects work to also be completed in Victoria. (TIW)