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Jack Reacher 2 uses new Louisiana film complex

Tom Cruise’s vigilante action sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back has become the first feature to use Panavision’s newly-expanded production facility in New Orleans.

Panavision specialises in camera equipment and specialised optics systems. The facility comprises a 30,500 sq ft space that includes prep rooms, space for filming test footage, and a theatre for reviewing dailies and camera tests.

Digital workflow solutions company Light Iron, acquired by Panavision earlier this year, also has a presence at the facility.

“Panavision has been committed to serving filmmakers in Louisiana for more than a decade,” said Kim Snyder, CEO and president of Panavision. 

“During that time, the infrastructure and crew-base have built up significantly, and the number of projects being shot has grown such that we needed to expand our footprint to support the community’s needs. Incorporating Light Iron into the new facility brings an unprecedented level of service offerings under one roof to the local filmmaking community.”

Louisiana is one of the top production hubs in the US, partly because of its generous 30% filming incentive. The tax credit programme has now been capped for the first time, prompting concern that Hollywood studio shoots would relocate to Georgia.

Panavision’s decision to expand its New Orleans facility could help boost industry confidence in the city and Louisiana as a whole. 

Tom Cruise has brought his new movie to Louisiana after filming the first Jack Reacher (pictured) in Pennsylvania.

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