There seem to be indications that the Green Lantern film may be abandoning its hopes of filming in Australia and may be moving to Mexico.
You may remember the financial woes of the production, which initially had planned to shoot in Sydney with possibilities of tax breaks and a welcomed vibe due to a possible economic boom it may have brought. However, thanks to the continued rise of the Australian Dollar in concert with the inflating US Dollar, the currency value disparities were starting to become a gaping hole for unsustainable losses. (Instead of Ryan Reynolds, they'd probably have to settle for Casper Van Dien.) After a seemingly failed attempt to reach out to the New South Wales Local Government in an effort to try and stem those losses (which represented about $15-25 million), it seems that the production may be conceding defeat in this struggle. It was not without regret from the locals, as New South Wales Premiere, Nathan Rees commented:
“We still haven’t given up on Green Lantern but the way the exchange rate is going up it’s looking more and more unlikely.”
While the financial obstacles have been the more discussed culprit regarding this setback, other sources are saying that director Martin Campbell has made a number of amendments to the script, which would have proven to be more costly than anticipated. Additionally, some have said that Fox Studios Australia may not have the kind of space that can adequately accommodate the mega-budget blockbuster. (Although it was apparently enough for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, who shot there in early 2008.) Possibly justifying the "Studio Theory," is the idea that it may be more than a coincidence that the Australian studio's longtime Operations Manager recently resigned. (Possibly due to some issue related to the film.) Straws, perhaps. But worth grabbing for the sake of a hypothetical.
After initial rumors that the production would be moved back to the US in Louisiana, the current word, is that Mexico is the destination. That is about the extent of the details on that front.
It's actually kind of mind-boggling that this over $150 million monster of a film is having difficulty finding a place to hang its hat. Do these Governments know something that we don't? Or are they just Marvel people?