Governor Linda Lingle today announced that Hawai'i will be the location for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment of the highly successful Walt Disney Pictures' action adventure film series from Jerry Bruckheimer Films. The Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger met with Governor Lingle Friday to share the news that the islands of Kaua'i and O'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 Hawai'i, providing a needed economic boost for the state's economy as well as creating hundreds of jobs for local residents.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 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.
"Disney's long-term commitment to Hawai'i - from ABC's 'LOST' to the new Disney resort on O'ahu scheduled to open in 2011, and now the upcoming filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - is a testament to the company's confidence in our state as a great place to do business," said Governor Lingle.
"The Walt Disney Company has a great relationship with Hawai'i that we're looking forward to building upon with the filming of the latest adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew," said Iger. "I thank Governor Lingle and her team for their tremendous support of the projects Disney has underway in this great state."
"We've always sought out the most extraordinary and exotic locations for the Pirates of the Caribbean films," said producer Jerry Bruckheimer, "and previously shot briefly on both Maui and Molokai for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Hawai'i provides an amazing range of both land and seascapes, and we're delighted to return for On Stranger Tides."
The state's Creative Industries Division and the Hawai'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 State's Creative Industries Division administrator who oversees operations of the Hawai'i Film Office, worked collaboratively with the Governor's office, Department of Taxation and Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert, along with Hawai'i Tourism Authority, Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau, the City and County's Honolulu Film Office, The Resort Group, Ko Olina Resort and Disney Vacation Club to help secure "Pirates of the Caribbean" for Hawai'i.
"Hawai'i competes on a global basis for productions and to have Disney choose Hawai'i over other states and countries is a huge win for us," said Skinner. "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 travel and destination industry support."
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides joins a growing list of feature film and television productions slated to film in Hawai'i this year. Warner Bros. feature Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon completes filming on Maui this week. Pre-production is also beginning for the feature film The Descendents, starring George Clooney and directed by Academy Award®-winning writer/director Alexander Payne. The film is based on the book by Hawai'i resident Kau'i Hart Hemmings. A Japanese drama series as well as a Korean drama series are also scouting Hawai'i for projects this year.