The third and final season of HBO drama series The Leftovers will be filmed in Victoria.
Creating more than 250 local jobs and injecting around $20 million into the state’s economy, The Leftovers is the largest international television production deal since Childhood’s End was shot in early 2015.
The drama which airs in Australia on Foxtel's Showcase channel was created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, and is based on Perrotta’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Leftovers is a drama that explores a world in shock and the lives that are changed forever, when 140 million people inexplicably vanish.
The first two seasons featured a star-studded cast including Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Regina King and Ann Dowd.
Broadcast across the US in 2015, the second season was the third-most watched drama, attracting around 6 million viewers every episode.
It’s the second time American entertainment powerhouses HBO and Warner Bros. have chosen Victoria as a filming location.
Warner Bros. chose Victoria to film its visually stunning feature Where the Wild Things Are, and HBO selected Victoria as the backdrop to its award-winning 10 part television miniseries, The Pacific.
A range of unique Melbourne and regional locations will set the scene for the final instalment of the series, with filming to commence in June 2016.
Filming for the production will take place over three months with some post-production and visual effects work to also be completed in Victoria.
Premier Daniel Andrews was joined by HBO's Senior Vice Presient of West Coast Production Jay Roewe at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles, to make the announcement.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced the news stating:
"When Hollywood heavyweights HBO and Warner Bros. need a spectacular location down under, of course they choose to shoot in Victoria."
"From Hollywood to Hanging Rock, this brilliant production won't just attract some of tinsletown's biggest stars, but create local jobs and inject millions into the Victorian economy."
Creator and Showrunner of The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof added:
“We’re immensely grateful for the opportunity to try something that looks and feels different from the preceding seasons and we absolutely cannot wait to bring our story to its conclusion down under.”
Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi stated:
“We’re delighted to again be working with Warner Bros. and HBO and we welcome The Leftovers production team to Melbourne.”
“In choosing Victoria for this impressive series, The Leftovers will reinforce our reputation for expertise, diversity and crew creativity – and see fantastic benefits flow through our world-class facilities and businesses.”