The Kiwi, Dean Wright, will be the director. He was a visual effects supervisor on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian. He was also visual effects producer on two Lord of the Rings films as well as having worked on Titanic.
Lake Benmore will become the Sea of Galilee, but filming is expected to happen in both islands.
Image from the Otago Daily Times.