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Aug 10th
04:14 pm
What a dumb rule... js.  
From Greater Wilmington Business Journals:

Yet another Nicholas Sparks film has slipped through our fingers. The production team of “The Lucky One” set up offices in New Orleans on Monday. Although Wilmington’s EUE/Screen Gems studios was a consideration, the producers officially announced they had decided to make the film in Louisiana last Friday, said Craig Fincannon, founder of local casting agency Fincannon and Associates.

High School Musical star Zac Efron signed on for the lead role of the romantic drama about a U.S. Marine who returns from Iraq to search for the young woman in a photo he had found and carried throughout his tour of duty. He finds her in North Carolina, he said.

But, North Carolina’s $1 million tax incentive cap on highly compensated individuals (actors and directors) sent the film to Louisiana, Fincannon said. Efron signed a contract for more than that amount, he said. So, the production team decided to go elsewhere.

Currently Louisiana offers film production companies a 30 percent tax incentive on any motion picture project and does not have any caps on the size of the film or talent pay, said Chris Stelly, director of Film and Television in the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development.

North Carolina offers film companies a 25 percent tax incentive and recently raised the film tax cap from $7.5 million to $20 million this past legislative session. However, the cap on talent remains at $1 million.

Last summer, Disney chose to film Sparks’ “The Last Song” starring Miley Cyrus in Georgia despite initial plans to film in North Carolina.
 
 
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Shruti: Blood | Lazy But Loyalcalcified on August 10th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
NC shoots itself in the foot with that.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 10th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
IKR?
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 10th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Is that Pam in your icon?! <3
Shruti: Blood | Newborncalcified on August 10th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yaaaas, love her.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 10th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Et Jessica! ^_^
vilain_garcon on August 10th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
jessica is my favorite character! i want her to have some sort of episode special or something.
Gillian loves lemoñadé.invisible_cunt on August 10th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
jfc all his shit is the dame
isn't dear john about a dude who falls in love and goes off to war?
so this one is about a dude who comes back from war to find his love?
zacefronfan26 on August 10th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
So the Lucky One is Zac's next Movie can't wait to see it.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on August 10th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 10th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
funny you use that gif since the script i think is so cool is that one called space wasters and it is described as pineapple express meets the last starfighter... but personally i'd say it's all that but with galaxy quest thrown in.
Beejeezbee on August 10th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I still can't believe he thinks this is a good idea and is going through with this.

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Abigail: Tink - laughglimmeringworld on August 10th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
It still makes me laugh over how NC is losing out big time. The books are ALL set there... YOU'RE SENDING GUARANTEED MOVIES ELSEWHERE NC!!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 10th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
it is the silliest rule. it guarantees almost no big pictures will shoot there.
IceGoddess: maui wowi dirty little secretccmskatechick on August 10th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
This is all Dawson Leery's fault