Captain Marvel to film in California
A total of 92 projects applied for the tax credit during the first film allocation period which began in June with a pot of nearly $68m being given to eight independent as well as studio films.
The eight features are expected to employ more than 2,600 cast and crew and generate nearly $385m. Four of the eight are due to shoot partially outside the Los Angeles 30-mile zone.
The Californian scheme was expanded to include a platform called Program 2.0, which means that very big-budget productions such as Captain Marvel are now eligible for the relief.
California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch said of the allocation: “Captain Marvel and the other big-budget studio projects have production budgets in excess of $75m, which would have made them ineligible for the state’s first-generation tax credit program.
“With the three we’ve added today, a total of six big-budget films have been lured to California thanks to Program 2.0. Such films are a primary target for the tax credit program because they can bring significant jobs and spending to regions across the state.”
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito said: “Our headquarters and postproduction facilities are in California, so it’s very exciting to be able to film ‘Captain Marvel’ here in our home state thanks to this California tax credit.
"As a result, not only will we be able to streamline our production process for this and other films we’re working on concurrently, but we’ll have more time to spend with our families."
Other big-budget projects heading to California having been awarded the tax credit include Island Plaza and Midway, and indies Happytime Murders starring Melissa McCarthy and the film Cheney with Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Steve Carrell.
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