Issue date: 
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

New Zealand’s marine locations are featured prominently in the epic, action-packed 3D adventure The Meg, the first major motion picture to be filmed on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, as well as at the city’s new Kumeu Film Studios.  Audiences got a first look at the film – and these locations – with the just-released teaser trailer for The Meg

Shot mainly in New Zealand, the film opens 10 August in the U.S. and on 30 August in New Zealand, and will be distributed in China by Gravity Pictures, and throughout the rest of the world by Warner Bros. Pictures. 

The Meg stars English action icon Jason Statham (Spy, Furious 7, The Expendables films), Chinese actor Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message) and New Zealander Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse, Risen, TV’s Fear the Walking Dead).  Jon Turteltaub (the National Treasure films) directs.

New Zealand’s easily accessible and diverse locations, and opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere make it an ideal location for international productions.

The New Zealand Film Commission, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures entered into a partnership on The Meg, as a part of the New Zealand Screen Production Grants' 5% uplift.

The Meg partnership provides major economic benefits and a significant boost to the country’s thriving screen industry, including employment, export income, and Kumeu Film Studios, the new permanent film studio in West Auckland.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 10 April 2018