Five production companies have announced they will not film in the state of Georgia over their controversial new abortion law.
On Tuesday, 7 May Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the United States. The so-called ‘Heartbeat Bill’ will ban abortions after doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat. This usually occurs around six weeks into the pregnancy, before many women even know they are pregnant. The new law is set to go into effect in January 2020.
Now, various production companies and public figures are boycotting the state as potential filming locations.
Christine Vachon of Killer Films
Killer Films, the production company behind films like Vox Lux, First Reformed, and Carol will not film in Georgia. CEO Christine Vachon tweeted that the company will ‘no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.’
Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.
— Christine Vachon (@kvpi) May 9, 2019
Blown Deadline Productions
David Simon, creator of The Wire and The Deuce who runs Blown Deadline Productions, also took to Twitter to discuss the law.
‘I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies. I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact,’ he said. ‘Can only speak for my production company. Our comparative assessments of locations for upcoming development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.’
Can only speak for my production company. Our comparative assessments of locations for upcoming development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired. https://t.co/WTb0tj95zH
— David Simon (@AoDespair) May 9, 2019
Nina Jacobson of Color Force, the production company behind Crazy Rich Asians and American Crime Story, quote-tweeted Simon saying, ‘ditto.’
— nina jacobson (@ninajacobson) May 10, 2019
Duplass Brothers Productions
Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions (which has a four film deal with Netflix) also took to Twitter to discuss the abortion bill.
‘Don’t give your business to Georgia,’ he wrote. ‘Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?’
Don’t give your business to Georgia. Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?
— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) May 9, 2019
CounterNarrative Films, the company behind Netflix’s Triple Frontier, also spoke out against filming in Georgia. ‘No Georgia filming on any of our projects until this law is gone,’ producer Neal Dodson wrote on Twitter.
Add my company CounterNarrative Films (w/ #jcchandor & @annagerb) to the list. No Georgia filming on any of our projects until this law is gone. We’re with you @kvpi @MarkDuplass & @AoDespair https://t.co/KL4hFogV1y
— Neal Dodson (@nealdodson) May 10, 2019
The MPAA, which represents five major film studios, said it’s ‘watching the law closely and waiting on final court outcomes’ before deciding to boycott the state.
‘Film and television production in Georgia supports more than 92,000 jobs and brings significant economic benefits to communities and families,’ MPAA Senior VP of Communications Chris Ortman told The Hollywood Reporter. ‘It is important to remember that similar legislation has been attempted in other states, and has either been enjoined by the courts or is currently being challenged. The outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process. We will continue to monitor developments.’
Last year, 455 productions were filmed in Georgia. This led to an estimated $2.7 billion [€2.4 billion] in direct spending in the state. Some notable productions that were filmed in Georgia include AMC’s The Walking Dead and Netflix’s Stranger Things and Ozark. In addition, two major Marvel blockbusters – Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame – were filmed at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.