Avengers 4 to shoot in Tokyo as production begins in two weeks
The currently untitled fourth instalment of the Avengers franchise is set to enter production within the next two weeks, with Tokyo being slated as a major filming location. Given that Avengers: Infinity War recently incurred a local spend of GBP10 million within Scotland alone, the presence of Avengers 4 could have a significantly positive effect on Japan’s film industry.
Without a dedicated film incentive, Japan has struggled to maintain its appeal on the global production market. The last major project to utilise Japan as a filming location was 2016’s The Forest, which shot a number of scenes throughout Tokyo and in Narita Airport. As an alternative, Japan's film commissions can provide extras free of charge, with productions only being required to pay for their meals.
The country does boast an advanced filming infrastructure however, with highly skilled crews and modern equipment that are readily available. Japan features a unique blend of futuristic cityscapes and expansive natural vistas, meaning that there are plenty of locations to meet your desired genre.
In other Marvel news, the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man entitled Ant-Man and the Wasp, has begun filming in Atlanta and is expected to shoot additional scenes in San Francisco. Directed by Peyton Reed, the film will see the return of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the titular heroes, joined by newcomers including Laurence Fishburne and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Georgia and California are considered some of the most cost-effective locations when it comes to filmmaking. Georgia provides tax credit of up to 30% on a USD50,000 spend while California offers a rate of up to a 25% with a minimum spend that varies between production types.
Avengers 4 is scheduled for a 2019 release while Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated to be released July 6th 2018.
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