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Monday, May 17, 2010

'Breaking Dawn' LA Production Rumors: Where Things Stand Now

Since MovieSet reported a few weeks ago, that Summit might be moving production of the final installment in the Twilight series to Lousiana, the rumors have been gaining strength. The next publication to mention the possible move was the very reliable The Hollywood Reporter, and then we were intrigued:
Summit also is eyeing another cost-cutting measure for the final installments. A deal is currently being negotiated to move the production to Louisiana (the first was shot in Portland and the second two in Vancouver and Italy). Luring "Twilight" would be a huge "get" for the state -- and, given the tax credits, a money-saver for the studio.

Over the weekend a couple of other articles hit the web, including one from The Advertiser which included a quote from a Summit representative:
Hans-Dieter Kopal, a spokesman for Summit, said via e-mail that the release date for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was the only news to report on the project.


"There is also no production news to share or estimated time of when anything will be announced," he said.
There was also a very insightful piece by New Orleans newspaper The Times Picayune, that you might want tor read in its entirety. But here's a bit:

An inquiry to Summit went unanswered this week, and officials with the state film office were mum, which is standard procedure when courting a high-profile production.


"I can't confirm or deny anything," Louisiana Entertainment film honcho Chris Stelly said in a statement provided by his office. "But our office is hearing the same rumors that have been on the Internet, and we'll do what we can to make it happen if it is, indeed, reality."


Translation: If the "Twilight" folks are sniffing around, Stelly and his office have no intention of being the ones to scare them away with too much publicity. But with neither party talking, it's unclear exactly how serious the production is about shooting here, or even what part of the state they're eyeballing.
And finally today, some "possible" concrete news, that may have Vancouver Twilight fans weeping. ( I mean it. I know them.) A follow-up article by that same Times Picayune writer:
The second, more telling, development comes in the form of incorporation papers filed last week with the Louisiana Secretary of State's office by an agent for Summit and establishing a new corporate entity called "TSBD LOUISIANA, L.L.C." -- which would seem to stand for "Twilight: Saga Breaking Dawn."


Of course, filing incorporation papers is a long way from booking soundstages and crewing up -- but as early signs go, it's a good one that there might be truth to these rumors.
Leave it to a journalist to uncover the "possible" truth. Again, Summit has not confirmed they are moving production to Louisiana, but things appear to be headed in that direction. What do you think about this latest news? let us know in the comments section below. And stay tuned for the latest updates! 

8 comments:

  1. I just don't see it being filmed in Louisina, I love that state, but can they find the right landscape there? I say bring it back to Portland and Forks, let's come full circle people!

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  2. More power to them if they can achieve the same look. Wouldn't most of the movie be indoors anyway? LA can sure use the business after Katrina.

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  3. B-b-but it made my heart flutter when I saw Rob drinking Tim Hortons :( I hope they stay in Vancouver

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  4. There are the outside scenes, where the wolves are fighting among themselves... there's the "island".. which they might be able to duplicate in there for less $$ - and if they make only one movie... the scenes where Bella goes hunting as a vampire, with Renesmee and Jacob.. The huge gathering (and maybe fight) of so many vamps + the Volturi...I guess the landscape is wilder there than in other places. Plus it's nicer to keep the money AT HOME, where it's needed! Some of us might even become extras in the movie - right?

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  5. The entire time of watching Breaking Dawn I'll be thinking: fake, fake, fake, more fake, that's fake, fake there too, that's not real, and that would be fake as well, yup more fakery, fake, fake fake...

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  6. Wait. You mean that cutting taxes can create business opportunities? No, that can't possibly be true.

    I'm told that in these economic times, we need to RAISE taxes because we need more and bigger government so everyone can get more and more goodies. RAISING taxes is what gives government more money to spend to create jobs. What? Isn't that the way it works?

    We can't be cutting taxes on eeeeeevil corporations, and I'm sure that "progressive" Hollywood won't stand for it. They'll certainly refuse to work for a company which accepts "corporate welfare" in the form of tax breaks. They should happily pay every cent they owe and then some.

    Hollywood is full of good, kind, and tolerant "progressives", and I'm sure that this tax break thing is completely false.

    LOL

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  7. Louisiana is a wonderful state to shoot outside scenes. We have beautiful landscapes PLUS not all movies are filmed in the exact location they are written for. We are a great state with awesome culture, landscapes and culture. I really hope they come to film here and keep the mony the the US economy.

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  8. Katrina KilpatrickMay 17, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    I think the Louisiana landscape would be so beautiful. Having lived in New Orleans myself, I can't think of a better place if they are going to change settings and Louisiana DOES have great breaks for those who make movies there. This has been known for a long time. Unlike Arkansas and other states.

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