Sunday, October 26, 2008

Northern Michigan Film Industry Update

By Rick Coates | Northern Express | October 26, 2008

Michigan’s new tax incentives to attract major film productions have been working: The Michigan Film Office is reporting over 60 projects in the works and millions being invested into the state’s economy. But to date, only a few projects have been slated for Northern Michigan.

This past summer part of a production was filmed in Frankfort. There have been rumors flying of a major Warner Brothers project slated for next year in Petoskey and Grayling. The director of Hoosiers and Rudy is rumored to be filming Bassmaster this spring in Traverse City. There has been talk of the new Stephen King film being made on the Leelanau Peninsula.

Chambers, convention & visitors bureaus and location scouts have received other inquiries as well. Although downstate communities continue to get the bulk of the projects, community organizers are taking actions in Northern Michigan to change this course of direction.

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