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Storm Boy to be remade in South Australia

AAP logoAAP 29/11/2016

Mr Percival, the Pelican that captured the imagination of Australian movie goers in the 1970s will fly again, with Screen Australia confirming a remake of the classic film Storm Boy.

The new movie will be filmed in Adelaide and regional South Australia in 2017, creating about 150 jobs.

The original was released in 1976 and, based on the novel by Colin Thiele, tells the story of a young boy who raises three orphaned pelican chicks, including Mr Percival who returns even after being released.

The remake will open with Storm Boy Mike Kingley depicted as a grandfather recounting his child adventures in SA's Coorong.

The screenplay has been written by Justin Monjo, who most recently worked on the TV series The Secret Daughter, and will be directed by Shawn Seet.

Screen Australia chief executive Graeme Mason says the new film will retain the magic of the original but will include an ecological perspective relevant to a contemporary audience.

"This beloved tale is in the safe hands of writer Justin Monjo, director Shawn Seet and producers Michael Boughen and Matthew Street, who all have such a strong history of telling Australian stories," he said on Tuesday.

Boughen said he was raised in South Australia and studied Thiele's books at school.

"It is a real pleasure for me to come home with such an iconic story," he said.

The film will be produced with support from the South Australian government and the SA Film Corporation.

Corporation chief executive Annabelle Sheehan said Storm Boy was a iconic Australian story that introduced the majesty of South Australian landscapes to national and international audiences.

"That resonating sense of place will be reinvigorated with this new version of the story."

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