Universal 1440 Entertainment’s ‘Woody Woodpecker’ sequel filming in Victoria

'Woody Woodpecker'.

Woody Woodpecker has flown into Victoria, with the state housing production on the sequel to the 2017 family film.

From Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, the next chapter in the Woody Woodpecker movie franchise is a CGI animated and live-action hybrid production that brings back the titular character’s signature laugh, wacky antics, and wisecracks.

The project has received a $2.7 million grant via the Federal Government’s Location Incentive Program with the expectation it will inject than $20 million into the Australian economy and provide employment for more than 700 Australian cast and crew, and more than 300 Australian extras.

Filming is underway in Melbourne and across regional areas of Victoria, with the production also funded by the Victorian Government via Film Victoria’s Victorian Screen Incentive.

Universal 1440 Entertainment general manager and executive vice president Glenn Ross said they were thrilled to bring the next chapter of the franchise to Australia.

“Australia has great locations, skilled crews, world-class talent, and state-of-the-art facilities,” he said.

The announcement comes after lockdown restrictions were lifted in regional Victoria last Thursday, excluding Greater Shepparton.

In metropolitan Melbourne, where restrictions remain, some screen production activity is permitted under strict COVID-Safe conditions.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the production would provide significant training opportunities for aspiring Aussie directors, technical crew, and post-production and visual effects professionals.

“Australia’s rising industry talent will gain invaluable experience on this CGI animated and live-action hybrid production, elevating the local sector and helping to grow and enhance our screen industry,” he said.

To date, the Morrison Government has distributed more than $246 million under the Location Incentive program to attract 25 international productions to Australia, including, including NBCUniversal drama La Brea, Ticket to Paradise, season two of The Wilds, Australian Survivor, The Tourist, Thirteen Lives, Escape From Spiderhead, Pieces of Her, Blacklight, Irreverent, Joe Exotic, and Young Rock.

  1. No, they shouldn’t be making anymore movies to the terrible film of the famous bird. They shouldn’t have made the first time in the first place.

  2. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!
    Finally a sequel of this amazing movie, Woody is the best cartoon woodpecker ever, I’m curious what the plot will be like?
    The return of the actors from the first film, Timothy Omundson, Graham Verchere, Emily Holmes, Chelsea Miller, Jakob Davies and Jordana Largy!
    And above all, I very much hope that there will be Winnie (Woody’s girlfriend) and Knothead and Splinter (Woody’s Nephew and Niece).

  3. Will there be a series in 2023 just like the first film and one year later 2018 Series That sucked. well i cant wait like the film.

  4. The first film wasn’t bad. It was a comfortable family film. Hope the new film add more characters like Chilly Willy, Smedley, Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, Gabby Gator, Sugarfoot, Miss Meany, Andy Panda, Space Mouse, etc. and there be another sequel to make trilogy revival of the once famous bird. Maybe reintroduce Walter Lantz characters in 2 or 3 movies?

  5. I have suggestions about which characters to reintroduce to make Woody and friends great again:
    Woody Woodpecker 2 – American country setting filmed in Australia. Cast: Woody Woodpecker (ensure he look cute and funny with audience feedback), Winnie Woodpecker, Knothead, Splinter, Sugarfoot, Buzz Buzzard, Gabby Gator, Miss Meany, Beary’s family (Charlie, Betsy and Junior Beary), Dapper Denver Dooley, Sheriff, cowboys, new American animal characters, introduce Chilly Willy and Wally Walrus in some portion which leads to next movie…

    Chilly Willy movie: Ice setting with space age and modern glass buildings city. Cast: Chilly Willy (ensure the cute look too), Smedley, polar bears, Wally Walrus, Space Mouse, Andy Panda, Woody Woodpecker (side character)

    Any other Walter Lantz characters to revive with Woody Woodpecker and Friends action figures and setting playsets for the first time, with plush toys for the entire group? Possible complete series of classic Walter Lantz library all for streaming in HD and bluray, with complete releases for the New Woody Woodpecker Show, youtube cartoons in episode list too? Return of Woody Woodpecker new zone in theme park? Hope things go well with revival!

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