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Fourth Disney ‘Pirates' movie to be filmed in Hawaii

Johnny Depp (l) in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' Johnny Depp (l) in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'
Georja Skinner Georja Skinner
Gov. Linda Lingle Gov. Linda Lingle
Marsha Wienert Marsha Wienert

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Pirates traditionally swoop in and make off with the booty. But Disney's Pirates are expected to bring as much as $85 million in spending to Hawaii and create hundreds of jobs.

A scene at the very end of the last Pirates movie is one of the few scenes shot in Hawaii. But production of the next Pirates flick will be based in Oahu.

"Short term it's going to bring awful lot of people to Hawaii as they film the movie. Number two, think of the publicity Hawaii will receive when they're filming and then as it is released in 2011," State tourism liaison Marsha Wienert said.

"When a film comes, it's not just the people that work on the film that benefit. But the hotel industry, small mom and pop shops. Everyone from the top to the bottom, so we're very excited that Disney has made the decision to bring Pirates here to Hawaii," State Creative Industries Division Georja Skinner said

According to Governor Lingle Disney won't just be filming here, it'll be doing its post production work here as well.

"We're trying to build an industry of animation and video gaming and so on and to do that you need these big productions not to just wrap up filming and go back to California, but to do the post production work here, and I'm hopeful that this film is going to put us on that track," Lingle said.

Lingle says a lot of people worked very hard attracting the Pirates production. The promise of tax rebates, special hotel rates and other cost cutting incentives helped convince Disney to choose Hawaii over other locations. Just last month three of the five people working in the State Film Office were laid off victims of the state's budget crisis. But today the Creative Industries Division of the Department of Business and Economic Development says its renewed partnership with Disney is proof the state can still bring in big budget movies.

"With the reduction in the film office staff ... yes, it is a challenge. I mean there's no way around that. And our community, our production community really deserves a lot of accolades because big projects like this wouldn't even consider Hawaii regardless of how beautiful it is if we didn't have a quality production team behind us," Skinner said.

Disney has been filming in Hawaii since 1969 and has been such a good partner over the years it was given the "Film in Hawaii" award in 2001. The new Pirates' movie will be released in theatres during the summer of 2011.

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