Clint Eastwood, the Oscar-winning actor and director, will film in Georgia this summer despite a boycott by Hollywood
While the major Hollywood studios are considering boycotting Georgia over a controversial new abortion law, Clint Eastwood will produce and direct a movie in the state of Peach about the bombing of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
The 89-year-old Dirty Harry legend is standing in line to oversee the production of The Ballad of Richard Jewell.
Filming the film is scheduled to start sometime this summer, according to WXIA TV.
Jewell worked as a security guard at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta at the time of the July 27 bombing where one person was killed, more than 100 people were injured and the 1996 Olympic Games were marred.
Jewell was first praised for discovering a suspicious backpack containing the pipe bomb and helping people evacuate from the park.
But he was later named by the FBI as the main suspect on the grounds that he may have acted as a lone bomber.
Hollywood studios & # 39; s considering boycotting Georgia because of a new anti-abortion law recently signed by Republican governor Brian Kemp (in the White House in December 2018 alongside Ivanka Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao)
Jewell, who had summoned a number of media for defamation after the eviction, worked as a law enforcement officer after the episode.
Eric Robert Rudolph pleaded guilty to the bombing in 2005 and serves prison life for it and other attacks.
Jewell, who had diabetes and kidney disease, died in August 2007. He was 44 years old.
The actors that are scheduled to shine in the film include Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm and Sam Rockwell.
Unlike some of his colleagues in the industry, Eastwood does not seem to be signing for a Hollywood boycott of Georgia.
Eastwood, a registered republican who considers himself a libertarian, has not been shy to express his political views.
In 2012, he supported Mitt Romney in his failed attempt to defeat incumbent, then-President Barack Obama.
Eastwood, a registered republican, has not been shy to express his political views. In 2012, he supported Mitt Romney in his failed attempt to defeat incumbent, then-President Barack Obama. Eastwood gave a famous speech in front of an empty chair, intended to represent Obama, at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa
Eastwood gave a famous speech in front of an empty chair, intended to represent Obama, at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
He also quoted as saying that he preferred Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In 1986, Eastwood was elected mayor of the small town of Carmel-by-the-Sea in California.
Eastwood is no stranger to filming in Georgia. Last year he directed and played in The Mule, a story about an older drug courier who worked for the Sinaloa cartel.
The majority of the shooting for that film took place in Georgia.
In recent weeks, the film and television industry has revolted over the very restrictive new anti-abortion law of Georgia.
Governor Brian Kemp signed the abortion ban in Georgia in May and it is planned for January 2020, although the Georgia ACLU and other abortion rights activists have committed themselves to challenging the legislation.
Georgia law makes it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion after a & # 39; fetal heartbeat & # 39; can be detected, which can take place within six weeks of conception.
The next Eastwood film will be a biopic about Richard Jewell, the guard who was wrongly blamed for the bombing of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
At that time in a pregnancy many women do not yet know that they are pregnant.
Since that means that women who wish to have an abortion may miss the opportunity to do so on the basis of that timetable, the ban is called an almost complete abortion ban.
Abortion laws similar to Georgian legislation – and even more restrictive in the case of Alabama – have expired or are being considered in many states.
Georgia, however, received the most attention from the television and film industry because it has become a second home for entertainment.
Georgia has become known as the & # 39; Hollywood of the South & # 39; because of its 30 percent tax reduction for film and TV production – and that reputation has grown to an industry of $ 9.5 billion, according to Atlanta magazine.
While the state has saved the production houses a lot of money, Georgia can lose a considerable amount if the law comes into force and the entertainment industry moves elsewhere.
The state brings in about $ 2.7 billion each year in direct income from filming, according to Variety.
Earlier this month, AMC Networks, which is currently an economic powerhouse & # 39; The Walking Dead & # 39; in Georgia, says it will & re-evaluate its role in the state's nearly $ 10 billion entertainment industry & # 39; when a new abortion law comes into effect.
An AMC statement mentions abortion legislation that was legally signed on May 7 & # 39; very restrictive & # 39; and says that it will keep a close eye on what is likely to be a & # 39; long and complicated battle & # 39; will be over the law.
AMC Networks has become a member of Netflix and Walt Disney says they will reconsider television and film projects, including & # 39; The Walking Dead & # 39 ;, in Georgia when the abortion ban comes into effect. Melissa McBride playing Carol Peletier on The Walking Dead is portrayed at a candid moment behind the scenes on set in Georgia from episode 14 in season 8
AMC has joined several other TV and movie companies that raise concerns about the legislation, although no major studio has actually withdrawn from the state.
If AMC and others stop filming in the state, almost a hundred thousand jobs can be lost, along with billions of dollars in revenue, not to mention all the tourist dollars given by fans visiting the locations where films and shows are made.
THE & # 39; HEART RATE FACTOR & # 39; MOTION: WHICH STATES ARE THE MEASURES
STATES THAT NOW HAVE THE LEGISLATION OF & # 39; FETAL HEART NAVIGATION & # 39; TO HAVE
- Georgia (signed in the law of 7 May 2019)
- Ohio (signed in the law of April 11, 2019, although it is be challenged)
- Alabama (passed on May 14, with no exceptions for rape or incest 25-6, from the moment of conception)
- Missouri (signed in the law of 24 May)
- Louisiana has passed a law that Gov John Bel Edwards has said he will sign
STATES IN WHICH ACCOUNTS ARE BLOCKED
- Arkansas (expired March 2014, blocked March 2015)
- Mississippi (signed in law March 21, 2019, blocked May 2019)
- North Dakota (expired July 2015, blocked January 2016)
- Iowa (passed in May 2018, blocked in January 2019)
- Kentucky (expired March 2019, blocked April 2019)
STATES CONSIDERING THIS
- Tennessee has a bill but the Republican AG warned it will be difficult to pass and lead many to vote against
- South Carolina gave near-final approval to the bill last month
- Texas wanted to bring the death penalty for women undergoing abortions
- West Virginia introduced an account in February 2019
- Floridahis bill failed, but anti-abortion lawmakers are expected to try again
- Minnesota suggested the bill in January 2019
- Maryland& # 39; s not succeeded in April
- Kansas Republican lawmakers try and fail to cancel a veto that blocks a fetal heartbeat account
- New York& # 39; s account proposed in February
Netflix was the first major Hollywood player to speak out against Georgia's law.
& # 39; We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law, & # 39; told Netflix chief officer, Ted Sarandos, Variety in a statement published on May 28.
& # 39; That is why we work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. As the legislation has not yet been implemented, we will continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. If it ever came into effect, we would review our entire investment in Georgia. & # 39;
Shortly thereafter, Disney and WarnerMedia, the parent company of HBO and Warner Bros., shared similar doubts about their future in the state when the law makes it to January and is eventually enforced.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said it was & # 39; very difficult & # 39; would be to film in Georgia when the law comes into effect.
& # 39; I think a lot of people who work for us don't want to work there, and we will have to take their wishes into account in that respect, "he said. & # 39; We are currently looking at it very carefully. & # 39;
Before these heavy hitters emerged, individual projects had already promised to withdraw when the law came into force.
At least two shoots that had planned to film in Georgia, but had not yet started production, decided to relocate their works.
An upcoming Amazon series called & # 39; The Power & # 39; was scouting locations in Savannah but has switched to other options.
Director Reed Morano, who participated in the Handmaid & # 39; s Tale, told Time, & # 39; We could never bring our money to that state by shooting there. & # 39;
A Kristen Wiig filmed with the title & # 39; Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar & # 39; has also reportedly refused to shoot in Georgia following the signing of the abortion ban.
People and projects that have threatened to boycott the Peach state include David Simon from The Wire, Christine Vachon from Killer Films (Carol), Mark Duplass (HBO & # 39; s Togetherness), Neal Dodson or CounterNarrative (Netflix & # 39; s Triple Frontier) and Nina Jacobson of Color Force (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Hunger Games).
Jason Bateman, who shines Ozark filmed in Atlanta, said he would stop shooting in the state when the law came into force. Director Ron Howard also said that he would leave Hillbilly Elegy and shoot elsewhere.
Lawmakers opposed to the abortion ban in Georgia have offered applause for networks and individual projects that have expressed concerns, but said they will remain in state until the law comes into force.
& # 39; I understand and appreciate those who have advocated boycott, but you cannot change the policy if you leave the state, & # 39; said Georgia Senator Jen Jordan.
Stacey Abrams, the democrat who barely lost to Kemp during the November gubernatorial elections, has encouraged Hollywood studios to continue filming films in Georgia
& # 39; They have chosen the right approach. They bring attention to the problem, but they also say that this is not a good law and that it is not a good policy, but we want to work with you. I hope it gives us ammunition to stop bad legislation. & # 39;
Some actors have noted that the ability to leave comes from a place of privilege and has encouraged people who want to bring about change to stay & fight & # 39 ;.
The HBO series Lovecraft County will still be in the state for now filming, said JJ Abrams and Jordan Peele, but the episodic fees will be donated to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia.
Howard also promised to donate to the ACLU, along with Fear Street producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping.
Stacey Abrams, the democrat who barely lost to Kemp during the November gubernatorial elections, has encouraged Hollywood studios to continue filming films in Georgia.
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