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Lady and the Tramp filming boosts Savannah

Georgia

A remake of classic Disney movie Lady and the Tramp helped boost production spending in Savannah, Georgia, in 2018.

Directed by Charlie Bean, the new film uses a blend of live-action and CGI elements for the story of a romance between two dogs from opposite sides of the tracks.

The movie will be released through the streaming platform Disney+, scheduled to be launched in September this year. 

Disney released the original film as an animated feature in 1955.

Production spending in Savannah reached $120m in 2018, twice the figure from the previous year. Other high-profile shoots included Ang Lee’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Gemini Man.

“The incentives, our diversity of locations, the efficiency of the film office and our partners are keys to this success, but we still have work to do,” said Beth Nelson, executive director of the Savannah Area Film Office

“In 2019, we still need adequate sound stage space for productions and we are actively looking to secure a direct flight from Los Angeles to Savannah.”  

Savannah offers a regional 10% filming incentive for productions with budgets of at least $2m. The programme was recently extended for three years and is available to producers on top of Georgia’s state filming incentive, worth up to 30% of eligible local spending.

Georgia’s state incentive support has helped turn Georgia into one of America’s top production hubs for big-budget features.

Atlanta remains the state’s filming centre, 250 miles west of Savannah. Marvel has been a long-term resident of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, with Avengers: Infinity War and its upcoming follow-up Endgame both based at the facility.  

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Georgia.

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