More trouble Down Under for Green Lantern

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

More details about that reportedly troubled Australian shoot for the proposed Green Lantern movie: The Aussie Inside Film magazine says that the production is now talking with government officials about getting more concessions.

The problem: The rising Australian dollar has blown out production costs, the magazine reports:

Warner Bros. is understood to be negotiating with the [New South Wales] State Government to receive a higher level of concessions in an effort to claw back between $US15 and $US25 million in value eroded by the currency gains.

The value of the Australian dollar has climbed by more than 16 per cent since the State Labor government announced the deal to film at Fox Studios in mid-April. The big-budget Hollywood blockbuster was expected to create around 500 local jobs, including 100 performers and 200 crew.

While most offshore productions lock in finance when a project is green-lit, it is understood that ongoing work on the Green Lantern script delayed that move. Pre-production on the film was originally scheduled for July and filming for November.

Not surprisingly, neither has had much to say to the magazine.