“JOURNEY” SEQUEL STARTS FILMING; OAHU LANDS MTV SERIES

“JOURNEY” SEQUEL STARTS FILMING; OAHU LANDS MTV SERIES

STATE ESTIMATES TELEVISION & FILM PRODUCTION REVENUES TO HIT $400 MILLION MARK FOR FIRST TIME IN HAWAII HISTORY!

And the productions just keep on coming!





The “Journey to the Center of the Earth” sequel starring Michael Caine, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vanessa Hudgens (bottom right), Kristen Davis, and Josh Hutcherson (bottom left) begins about eight weeks of filming on Monday on windward Oahu shooting here to mid December…


















Both the production offices and a special effects warehouse/stage for “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” are near Honolulu International Airport though in different locations. The main studio is a huge, air conditioned warehouse in Kapolei…


Johnson, Hudgens, Davis and Hutcherson were in Honolulu earlier this week for wardrobe fittings. Hudgens was already here for last week’s mega hotel opening of The Waikiki Edition – formerly the Ilikai. After checking out of The Waikiki Edition on Sunday, Hudgens and mom moved into the Halekulani Hotel…


This second Journey installment focuses on Hutcherson’s character, Sean Anderson…Hawaii doubles as the island of Palau and also a mysterious island where the main characters go to find Hutcherson’s long lost grandfather (Caine)…Hudgens plays the female lead…Davis plays Hutcherson’s character’s mother…


Locations are mostly exteriors that will include Waimea Falls Park, possibly an area near Turtle Bay Resort, real and created  jungles…


A Hawaiian blessing will be held Monday prior to filming at the Heeia Kea pier where 200 extras are in the shoot then 100-200 extras on Tuesday and Wednesday… Anna Fishburn is doing extras casting…


The pier doubles for a dock in Palau featuring Johnson and Hutcherson as they prepare to search for Hutcherson’s grandfather who has been missing for 18 months…According to the script, previous generations of Hutcherson’s character’s family have been searching for the the lost city of Atlantis…The search for the grandfather eventually takes them to the “mystical” island…


After the Hawaii filming the production relocates to North Carolina…The first “Journey” grossed more than $250 million worldwide…









MTV’s “Wedding Wars” – a working title – starts 10-12 weeks of filming on Oahu Nov. 1 that includes as many as 13 episodes of the reality show, according to Los Angeles sources…MYT already is in pre production on Oahu…


The Hawaii production will feature 10 engaged couples planning for a 2011 wedding vying for a dream wedding in Hawaii and other “dream prizes,” according to the show’s casting audition website…


Casting criteria requires couples to be at least 21 and “appear younger than 35”… to compete together as a team… “Love conquers all in this brand new competition series. Strap on your heels and fasten your cummerbund because all is fair in love… but this time its war!” the casting website says…


The estimated $800,000 production will use about 60 crew, the L.A. source said…









Meanwhile, “Alvin and the Chipmunks 3” will be the first feature production in Hawaii in 2011 when the 20th Century Fox project starts three to four weeks of shooting on Oahu in January…



The production currently is scouting Oahu…The animated feature production is a unique opportunity for Hawaii since none of the featured actors will be here…Locations will be filmed without actors whose animated puppet characters will be added in a special effects studio in California…This third Chipmunk film is rumored being shot in 3D…



In the story Alvin and the chipmunks are on a cruise ship when it sinks…The group then have to survive on “some Polynesian island”…Release date of “Alvin and the Chipmunks 3” is  December 16, 2011.
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The first “Chipmunk” film cost $60 million to make with the film generating more than $359 million gross revenue…Its “Squeakquel” grossed $443 million worldwide…






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Georja Skinner, chief officer of the Creative Industries Division of the Hawaii Film Office, is ecstatic if not amazed at the number of high profile films and television shows and estimated production revenues for Hawaii in 2010…In nothing short of stunning, the state again has upped its production revenue figures for 2010 to $400 million!…See above which is just $1 million…



“We continue to see production coming to Hawaii because they know we’re a film friendly destination,” Skinner said. “These two new productions – “Wedding Wars” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” – put Hawaii in a whole new category and it rounds out an incredible year for the state not only because of the revenues and the help it brings to our economy but the jobs it’s created. Hawaii should be proud of its film friendly reputation”…



The MTV and “Journey” filming will put Hawaii over the $400 million production revenue totals for the first time in state history…Hawaii in 2010 has hosted five television series, including ABC’s “Lost,” and “Off the Map,” CBS’ “Hawaii Five 0,” a Discovery Channel animated show and now MTV. “It’s been incredible,” Skinner said….










After 9 weeks of filming, Universal Studios’ mega budget/action film “Battleship” wrapped yesterday at Kualoa Ranch with two days of filming earlier in the week on a baseball field (see above) near Honolulu International Airport…According to several sources in L.A. and on the Hawaii production, “Battleship’s’ budget ballooned to about $230 million…


R.J. Mino, “Battleship’s” second unit UPM, had nothing but praise for the Hawaii crew…“Battleship” thought they would have a difficult time getting qualified crew here because by the time the production set up shop dozens of crew already had been signed up on other projects…“We got great, great crew who know their craft and became an integral part of our team. We’re leaving here but we won’t forget how great Hawaii crews are”…







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