Bait to begin production in July

Principal photography of 3D shark thriller Bait will begin in July at the Warner Roadshow Studios in Queensland.

The film is the first feature to be made under the Australia-Singapore co-production treaty, by Arclight Film, Story Bridge Films and Pictures in Paradise, in association with Blackmagic Design.

Both countries’ governments have also supported Bait, with funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, as well as the Media Development Authority of Singapore’s International Film Fund.

Written and directed by Russell Mulcahy, Bait is about a tsunami that hits a seaside town, trapping local shoppers and tourists in a flooded underground supermarket and car park filled with a pack of hungry sharks. Additional drafts of the screenplay were written by Shayne Armstrong and S.P.Krause.

Singapore’s Widescreen Media will be in charge of the 3D elements, and post-production will be done by Blackmagic Design in the city-state.

The project has been pre-sold to 24 territories, and will be distributed next year in Australia and other countries by Paramount.