Governor Linda Lingle today announced that HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi will be the location for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,Ã¢â‚¬Â the fourth installment of the highly successful Walt Disney PicturesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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 KauaÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi and OÃ¢â‚¬Ëœahu 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 HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi, providing a needed economic boost for the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s economy as well as creating hundreds of jobs for local residents.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesÃ¢â‚¬Â 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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“DisneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s long-term commitment to HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi Ã¢â‚¬â€œ from ABCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœLOSTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to the new Disney resort on OÃ¢â‚¬Ëœahu scheduled to open in 2011, and now the upcoming filming of Ã¢â‚¬ËœPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is a testament to the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s confidence in our state as a great place to do business,Ã¢â‚¬Å“ said Governor Lingle.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Walt Disney Company has a great relationship with HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking forward to building upon with the filming of the latest adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Iger. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thank Governor Lingle and her team for their tremendous support of the projects Disney has underway in this great state.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always sought out the most extraordinary and exotic locations for the Ã¢â‚¬ËœPirates of the CaribbeanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ films,Ã¢â‚¬Â said producer Jerry Bruckheimer, “and previously shot briefly on both Maui and MolokaÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi for Ã¢â‚¬ËœPirates of the Caribbean: At WorldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s End.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi provides an amazing range of both land and seascapes, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re delighted to return for Ã¢â‚¬ËœOn Stranger Tides.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢”
The stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Creative Industries Division and the HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi 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 StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Creative Industries Division administrator who oversees operations of the HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi Film Office, worked collaboratively with the GovernorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office, Department of Taxation and Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert, along with HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi Tourism Authority, HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi Visitors and Convention Bureau, KauaÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi Visitors Bureau, the KauaÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi Film Office, the City and CountyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Honolulu Film Office, The Resort Group, Ko Olina Resort and Disney Vacation Club to help secure Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pirates of the CaribbeanÃ¢â‚¬Â for HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi competes on a global basis for productions and to have Disney choose HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi over other states and countries is a huge win for us,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Skinner. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Creative 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.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesÃ¢â‚¬Â joins a growing list of feature film and television productions slated to film in HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi this year. Warner Bros. feature Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hereafter,Ã¢â‚¬Â directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon completed filming on Maui last week. Pre-production is also beginning for the feature film Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Descendents,Ã¢â‚¬Â starring George Clooney and directed by Academy AwardÃ‚Â®-winning writer/director Alexander Payne. The film is based on the book by HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi resident KauÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi Hart Hemmings. Several network pilots, as well as a Japanese drama series and a Korean drama series are also scouting HawaiÃ¢â‚¬Ëœi for projects this year.