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Colorado to gain $25m from Tarantino film

Quentin TarantinoAfter many months of speculation, an incentive package as well as the first shooting location for  Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated western, The Hateful Eight, have now been confirmed, with the feature currently gearing up to film in Colorado. It has been said the state will gain around $25m from the production.

Last month, the Denver Post reported that a $5m incentive package had been granted by the state’s Economic Development Commission to get the film to Colorado, thus beating off competition from Utah and Wyoming – the latter is where the action is set. It is estimated that around $25m of the film’s $44m budget will be spent in the region, generating approximately $15.5m in payroll for nearly 170 locally-sourced crew.

At the end of last week, according to a local news blog, a special use permit was granted by the San Miguel County Commissioners for the director to film on the 900 acre Schmid Ranch just outside Telluride. Special permission was necessary as the ranch is subject to a conservation restriction; the approval marks the last stage in box ticking to get the film to Colorado.

Associate planner for the county, Karen Henderson, was quoted as saying that the set construction is likely to start pretty much straight away - overall production on the feature is slated to begin in December.

The Hateful Eight marks the biggest project drawn to the state since it launched its incentives programme in 2012, offering up to 20% cash rebate for productions shooting in Colorado.