Thursday, May 14, 2009

Local rebate is official; 'Straw Dogs' coming to The Shreve

This afternoon, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover signed into a law a local tax rebate for the movie and TV industry, worth between $150,000 and $175,000 per project. (To quality, the project budget must be $300,000 or more.)

The Shreveport film industry also announced another project for its summer production calendar. “Straw Dogs,” a Sony/Screen Gems remake of the 1971 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, should begin filming in early July. No stars have been announced. It will join the previously announced “The Mechanic,” a movie starring Jason Statham and produced by Nu Image/Millennium Films.

Arlena Acree, the City of Shreveport’s film industry liaison, hopes today's announcements will be welcomed by local film professionals who’ve endured a slow 2009.

“It definitely gives everybody a great gleam of hope that we have something to offer locally,” Acree said.

The Caddo Commission economic development committee plans to take up a proposal similar to Shreveport’s new rebate at its meeting Monday.


Anonymous said...

rah, rah, rah...
now I have a question:

When, if ever, is the Millennium Studio coming???
We were told last year it would be up and running by May '09, and they haven't broke ground.

What's the real story?

Lisa said...

I'd love to know where I can apply to be on the crew! :D