Hollywood’s Big Summer Movies Were All Filmed Elsewhere

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Independent producer and director Tony Glazer, in the brown T-shirt, on set of a recent film. Glazer is getting ready to shoot his next movie in New Jersey, with the help of a state film tax credit program that is about to come to an end. (Philip May / Filmshots)

Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on May 19, 2017.

This summer’s biggest-budget films have everything moviegoers have come to expect from Hollywood blockbusters: superheroes, pirates, space aliens. But in the truest sense of the term, none of them is a Hollywood movie.

Despite a major effort by Los Angeles over the last two years to lure film production back to where it started, producers continue to make big-budget movies elsewhere, saying they get better tax breaks and subsidies outside of Hollywood.

As a result, the summer’s movies come from all over the globe. Warner Brothers filmed Wonder Woman and King Arthur in Britain, where the Time Warner Inc studio owns a large production space. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc’s movie studio chose Australia for Alien: Covenant. Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios rolled its cameras in Georgia for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, one of six superhero movies it has filmed near Atlanta. …

NY Times 5/19

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