Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Green Lantern Going to New Orleans?

Production had been rumored for Canada
By Phil Guie Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Probable destinations for the Green Lantern movie are bouncing around as fast as the Emerald ring-wearing heroes themselves: first we hear Mexico, then Canada.
But according to The Times-Picayune, at least part, and maybe all of the production is going to take place in Louisiana. An official at New Orleans’ Second Line Stages told the paper he has been contacted by the film’s producers, and Green Lantern production offices could be set up there as early as next week."The rumors are correct," said Kevin Murphy, the manager of studio operations at the Lower Garden District facility, who added production would occupy sound stages in December. Sets would be built that month, with principal photography to begin in March 2010.
"We are working out the details, and we have a nonrefundable contract" to rent stage space, Murphy said. "It would be, paint dries on one day, they're moving in the next. It's an awesome opportunity."Warner Bros. officials were not prepared to comment. If Green Lantern does move to Louisiana, it would mark the second time a Warners/DC Comics project came rolling into town. Over the summer, Jonah Hex filmed in the state; no word if the experience helped the studio settle on it for Green Lantern, but on the closing days of the shoot, producers Andrew Lazar and Ravi D. Mehta reportedly had nothing but positive things to say about their time there.Green Lantern had been scheduled to film in Australia, but the falling dollar caused Warners to explore other locations. Still, given the movie’s big budget, its arrival would be a boon for Louisiana, which has been offering incentives to movie productions.

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