Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Louisiana Movie Industry is Strong, Happy New Year!

Happy New Years and I hope that it will be a very prosperous one for Louisiana. It will be hard to beat last years record of 80 films but it is worth a try. It has been a great year for Louisiana with some of the biggest films of the year filming in our great state. From the “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with Brad Pitt to “Year One” starring Jack Black, Hollywood has helped the Louisiana Film Industry stay in the fore front of the many states now offering tax incentives and rebates. Now Louisiana’s job is to keep films here.

“Treme” an HBO series is presently working in New Orleans and will be shooting in the coming months. Also in the works, Louisiana is concentrating on more video game productions as well as more advertising productions to work in the state.

In the rumor mill I have heard that there is a good chance of some really big films coming in 2009 which could really start out the year big. First of all there is “The Expendables” with Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Forest Whitaker and Dolph Lundgren to star and Stallone to direct the film. This movie will either be filmed in Shreveport or New Orleans or both, either way it is a big budget film and should bring plenty of work to the State. "The Courier" staring Adrian Brody will start production in January in Shreveport and I have heard that Nu Image, Millennium Studios is working on a 15 picture deal also for the State this year. Also there are rumblings of the “Green Lantern" with looking at possibly filming in Louisiana
in 2009.

Millennium Studios Shreveport has cleared and leveled the grounds in to make way for their
$20 million dollar Studio’s first phase of construction. Plans have been submitted to the city for approval and construction should begin in early 2009.

At any rate, the Movie industry seems to still grow in the state and so with a wing and a prayer, with the economy tanking, and the “Big Three” in trouble, stock market crashing and the world to end soon, Louisiana seems to be doing pretty good.

God Bless you all and may next year be a great one.

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