More problems for the doomed production of a movie that no one outside of it wants to happen.

Justice League Mortal (as it’s being called now) was planned to start production months ago, but delays from the WGA strike and now the Australian government have put the project on hold again. This was even a problem in mid-January when the whole movie was put on hold indefinitely, letting the contract options lapse on its cast and crew.

The Australian-born producer/director, George Miller, is putting pressure on the Film Finance Corporation Australia, which denied the $200 million project a new rebate that would provide a 40% refund. He’s threatening to move the whole production company, including work on Happy Feet 2, to Canada or New Zealand instead. Miller told the Herald there was about a 90% chance it would be shot somewhere else.

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Australian film industry is being frittered away because of very lazy thinking,” Miller said.

But the Sydney Herald is quoting Australian officials as saying it’s an American movie with American actors and accents. Why should it receive special Australian treatment? They want films to be recognizably Australian, while Miller is saying the country needs large productions like this to help the economy.

As much as I think this movie is a terrible idea and will probably end up being an even worse movie, I have to agree with Miller on this one. They should realize how many potential jobs this would create for Australians not just on this movie, but on future projects. This could make Australia an attractive place to make films. It would be just like Peter Jackson with New Zealand.

My suggestion would be to wait until Australian learn how to pronounce the O in Melbourne or until this idea can somehow be done the right way.  Whichever comes first.  Until then put another shrimp on the barbie, mate!

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