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Stan Lee sci-fi film Arch Alien to shoot in Utah

Comic book legend Stan Lee is co-writer and an executive producer on new sci-fi movie Arch Alien, which will film partly in Utah.

Lee co-wrote the film, planned as the start of a new franchise. Arch Alien tells the story of a young entrepreneur who builds an online business around exploiting alien conspiracies, only to discover the stories are true.

The Arch Alien shoot is scheduled to spend $7.5m in the Salt Lake City region, suggesting Utah filming will be relatively limited. Variety previously reported the film will also shoot in China.

“I have filmed seven productions in Utah and I keep returning because I’m drawn to its professional crews, accessible resources and its great locations,” said Borden. “Along with the film incentive programme and the assistance from the film commission, Utah became a great fit for Arch Alien.”

Utah offers a 25% tax credit as a filming incentive. The mid-western state is not established as a production hub, but has hosted occasional high-profile shoots like the epic sci-fi John Carter (pictured), Will Smith’s After Earth and scenes for the pilot of upcoming TV adaptation Westworld.

Over the summer, new drama Blood & Oil became the first network TV series in a decade to shoot in Utah, but the show has struggled to find an audience and is facing likely cancellation. 

For more on filming in Utah, see our production guide.