Justice League: Mortal Leaving Australia - Even More Troubles
I'm proud to report that the Justice League movie is yet again having troubles. An interesting report appeared today in The Sydney Morning Herald saying that the film might leave its production studios in Australia because it was refused the Federal Government's new film production rebate of a 40% refundable tax offset. Justice League: Mortal, as it's now officially titled, went from being on indefinite hold to being put back into production in late February, but apparently they've hit even more speed bumps as they've tried to get it back up to full steam.
The project's budget is rumored to be around $200 million, an excessive amount which easily makes this very high profile. Director George Miller, who is an Australian native himself, seems quite aggravated, stating "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Australian film industry is being frittered away because of very lazy thinking." He continues, "If that's going to be the final decision, they're throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars of investment that the rest of the world is competing for and, much more significantly, highly skilled creative jobs."
With the announcement that the film would be moving into production again in February, we also mentioned that rumors had been circulating saying that production would be moved to Vancouver, BC anyway. At the current moment, it sounds like that's the only choice. However, Cinematical brings up another interesting point. George Miller might have been brought on to direct the film purely because of his Australian heritage and thus the opportunity to get that tax break in Australia. If that's no longer a possibility, does that mean Miller might be scrapped for someone more capable?
If you've been following our coverage of the Justice League movie, then you'll know that I'm opting for the last option - just shelve the project entirely. Start again fresh years from now with a better idea and story and a better director. This is only going to hurt the production, cause more delays, and damage the final product anyway - so why fight even more pointless battles? We'll keep you updated on the latest with the production as we hear more.