No contest as Ohio hosts new John Travolta film
John Travolta’s latest big screen venture is set to film in Columbus, Ohio, in a deal that appeared to have come about very rapidly.
John Daugherty, interim executive director of the Greater Columbus Film Commission, said the film has a budget of around $10m, and features Travolta as a man pursuing justice to catch his wife’s murderer. The local tax incentive is certainly bound to have played a part in the decision to film in Columbus, with a fat state-wide tax credit of up to 35% on offer.
According to local press, a team including producer Richard Salvatore visited the city as late as the last week of January – having only made initial contact with the film commission on the 20 January - to greenlight the location choice. With cameras readying to roll for several weeks from March, this is an impressively quick turnaround for a major feature film.
Locations earmarked so far in the city include the Statehouse, Ohio State University and German Village.
The mayor of Columbus, Michael B. Coleman, is hopeful that this high-profile project will set the ball rolling for more movie production in the city, saying he wanted to build an infrastructure for the film industry, while complimenting the “great creative class we have in this city.”