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Sci-fi movie Captive State to film in Chicago

The ExorcistFilmmaker Rupert Wyatt will shoot scenes for his new sci-fi movie Captive State – which is set to star John Goodman – partly at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.

Wyatt is also an executive producer on a new TV adaptation of classic horror franchise The Exorcist (pictured), which films in Chicago as well.

Cinespace Chicago currently offers 20 sound stages spanning up to 20,000 sq ft, but the facility is expanding and plans to open more stages in the coming months, Reel Chicago reports.

The studio is particularly popular for TV filming and this year has hosted the procedural television franchises Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med, all from seasoned producer Dick Wolf. Fellow ratings winner Empire is also based at Cinespace Chicago.

“We owe an incredible debt to Chicago, especially mayor [Rahm] Emanuel for giving us the proverbial ‘keys to the city’ and to governor [Bruce] Rauner for giving us the economic means to produce these shows in Illinois,” said Wolf in recent comments. “Chicago and its people are an integral part of the success of these shows.”

Producers filming in Chicago can access Illinois’ 30% tax credit, but in recent years the city has been far more popular as a TV location than it has for film. 

In 2015, Chicago hosted 55 television projects but only three studio features, with the city facing stiff competition from nearby Detroit and Toronto, and from New York further east.

For more on filming in Illinois see our production guide.

Image: Fox