Governor Linda Lingle today announced that Hawaiâ€˜i will be the location for â€œPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,â€ the fourth installment of the highly successful Walt Disney Picturesâ€™ action adventure film series from Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
The Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger met with Governor Lingle on Friday to share the news that the islands of Kauaâ€˜i and Oâ€˜ahu will be sites for the production of the feature film, which will begin shooting this summer and is slated to be released in summer 2011. The production is expected to generate an estimated $85 million in direct and indirect spending in Hawaiâ€˜i, providing a needed economic boost for the stateâ€™s economy as well as creating hundreds of jobs for local residents.
â€œPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tidesâ€ will star Johnny Depp, returning to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow. The film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and directed by Rob Marshall. The writers are Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and the executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Barry Waldman, Elliott, Rossio and John DeLuca.
â€œDisneyâ€™s long-term commitment to Hawaiâ€˜i â€“ from ABCâ€™s â€˜LOSTâ€™ to the new Disney resort on Oâ€˜ahu scheduled to open in 2011, and now the upcoming filming of â€˜Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tidesâ€™ â€“ is a testament to the companyâ€™s confidence in our state as a great place to do business,â€œ said Governor Lingle.
â€œThe Walt Disney Company has a great relationship with Hawaiâ€˜i that weâ€™re looking forward to building upon with the filming of the latest adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew,â€ said Iger. â€œI thank Governor Lingle and her team for their tremendous support of the projects Disney has underway in this great state.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve always sought out the most extraordinary and exotic locations for the â€˜Pirates of the Caribbeanâ€™ films,â€ said producer Jerry Bruckheimer, “and previously shot briefly on both Maui and Molokaâ€˜i for â€˜Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worldâ€™s End.â€™ Hawaiâ€˜i provides an amazing range of both land and seascapes, and weâ€™re delighted to return for â€˜On Stranger Tides.â€™”
The stateâ€™s Creative Industries Division and the Hawaiâ€˜i Film Office, which are housed in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, began working with Disney last year and organized a series of meetings and conference calls to help secure the business.
Georja Skinner, the Stateâ€™s Creative Industries Division administrator who oversees operations of the Hawaiâ€˜i Film Office, worked collaboratively with the Governorâ€™s office, Department of Taxation and Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert, along with Hawaiâ€˜i Tourism Authority, Hawaiâ€˜i Visitors and Convention Bureau, Kauaâ€˜i Visitors Bureau, the Kauaâ€˜i Film Office, the City and Countyâ€™s Honolulu Film Office, The Resort Group, Ko Olina Resort and Disney Vacation Club to help secure â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€ for Hawaiâ€˜i.
â€œHawaiâ€˜i competes on a global basis for productions and to have Disney choose Hawaiâ€˜i over other states and countries is a huge win for us,â€ said Skinner. â€œCreative industries are by nature collaborative and what I think made a difference for us is the combination of our tax incentive as well as local film, travel and destination industry support.â€
â€œPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tidesâ€ joins a growing list of feature film and television productions slated to film in Hawaiâ€˜i this year. Warner Bros. feature â€œHereafter,â€ directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon completed filming on Maui last week. Pre-production is also beginning for the feature film â€œThe Descendents,â€ starring George Clooney and directed by Academy AwardÂ®-winning writer/director Alexander Payne. The film is based on the book by Hawaiâ€˜i resident Kauâ€˜i Hart Hemmings. Several network pilots, as well as a Japanese drama series and a Korean drama series are also scouting Hawaiâ€˜i for projects this year.