by FilmInk Staff

Screen Queensland has secured feature film Balls Up through its Production Attraction Strategy, with cameras set to roll in Queensland, Australia on the action comedy in July.

The Amazon MGM Studios and Skydance film from director Peter Farrelly (Green Book, There’s Something About Mary) stars Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights) and Paul Walter Hauser (The Instigators), with writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Deadpool & Wolverine).

Jacqui Feeney, Screen Queensland CEO said that securing Balls Up highlights how Queensland’s combination of competitive incentives, versatile locations and the strong international reputation of local crews and facilities continues to kick goals for the screen sector.

“The sunshine state is an ideal place to make high quality films and series and Screen Queensland is pleased to welcome Balls Up to both Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” said Ms Feeney.

“This production from Amazon MGM Studios and Skydance will generate an estimated $64.8 million for the Queensland economy, employing approximately 250 local cast and crew, as well as utilising small businesses.

“Our industry continues to go from strength-to-strength, providing long-term career prospects for our local screen practitioners to showcase their skills and experience to global audiences.”

Brad Carlson, EVP of Physical Production at Skydance said that several factors influenced their decision to make Balls Up in Queensland.

“With its wide variety of urban and rural locations coupled with a robust incentive program and talented crew base, Queensland was the perfect choice to base our production,” said Mr Carlson.

The film follows two American marketing executives who are fired for blowing a client sponsorship opportunity and decide to use their free tickets to a major soccer match. Their drunken debauchery leads them to be hunted by every person across the country.

Balls Up joins a solid slate of films and series to be made in Queensland this year, including Ron Howard’s Eden, The Bluff, Good Cop/Bad Cop and Australian productions Dangerous Animals, Black Snow, Rock Island Mysteries and Gettin’ Square sequel, Spit. The film will be based out of Village Roadshow Studios.

Producers include Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger, as well as Andrew Muscato, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.