Home Entertainment News Production Companies Say They Will Not Film in Georgia Over “Heartbeat” Law

Production Companies Say They Will Not Film in Georgia Over “Heartbeat” Law

The End
The End

Two companies say they will not film in Georgia over the “heartbeat” bill.

In the last few years, Georgia has faced several threats of boycotts over controversial legislation, now the future of the state's film industry may be in jeopardy.

Earlier this week, Georgia's Republican Governor signed legislation called the “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It provides some exceptions, such as to save the life of the mother or for rape and incest, but only if the woman files a police report. Consequently, many film industry influencers are calling on Hollywood to stop filming in the state.

Last March, Hollywood actors, and producers including , June Diane Raphael, and George Takei threatened to boycott the state when the Georgia General Assembly passed the bill with a 92 to 78 vote.

Now, Killer Films, the production company behind such hit movies as “Vox Lux,” “First Reformed” and “Carol” say they will no longer film in the state. CEO Christine Vachon tweeted on Thursday morning that the company will “no longer consider Georgia as a viable location until this ridiculous law is overturned.”

Meanwhile, the creator behind “The Wire” and “,” David Simon who runs Blown Deadline productions, also tweeted about 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, further explaining in another tweet: “Can only speak for my production company. Our comparative assessments of locations for development will pull Georgia off the list until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired.”

These are two production companies out of dozens in Hollywood. However, the MPAA, which represents the five major film studios, says it is observing the law and waiting on the final court outcomes. “Film and television production in Georgia supports more than 92,000 and brings significant economic benefits to communities and families,” says the MPAA's Senior President of communications Chris Ortman. “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.”

The law is set to go into effect on January 2020 but, there will undoubtedly be arguments taking place in court before the law goes into effect. A similar piece of legislation was passed in 2016 by North Dakota, and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned it. However, the difference this time around is the recent appointment of conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh with the odds being in favor of keeping the “heartbeat” bill.

When money and politics collide, it may not be a pretty picture. Georgia gives tax incentives of up to 30 percent back, which explains why over 400 productions filmed in Georgia last year, resulting in an estimated $2.7 billion in direct spending the state. Major TV shows and movies film in the state including AMC's “The ,” Netflix's “Ozark” and “Stranger Things. Also, 's biggest blockbusters including “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Endgame.”

Continue Reading:

Georgia's Proposed Anti-Abortion Law Could Destroy Their Film Industry (REPORT)

The Writer's Guild of America calls out Georgia politicians putting the future of the film industry, billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs on the line. Georgia's film industry is on fire. The…

Hollywood A-Listers Threaten Boycott Over Georgia's Anti-Abortion Bill

Hollywood's A-listers have banded together to push Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to veto the state's highly controversial “heartbeat bill,”  legislation that would prohibit women from seeking an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Meanwhile,…

Exit mobile version