12 Movies To Film in California This Summer and Hire Over 15,000 Actors

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The Director Michael Bay on the set of the Netflix movie "Six Underground" shot in Taranto, Puglia, Italy on September/October 2018 (Editorial credit: Massimo Todaro / Shutterstock.com)

Here are the 12 movies set to film in California this summer.

The California Film Commission announced on Monday they have 12 feature films that were selected to receive film tax credits in the state with California’s film incentives program, which starts on July 1st.

According to reports, four independent movies and eight feature films were selected. Among those selected include Universal Pictures’ sequel ‘Half Baked 2’, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Bay’s ‘Little America, Fox’s ‘Lady of the House’, and Amazon’s Untitled Project starring Cate Blanchett and written by Aaron Sorkin. Other projects include a transgender teen drama ‘Moonshadow’ and Asian family drama series ‘Ashes to Oceans’.

The Hollywood Reporter reports over 50 projects applied for film tax credits from March 9th to March 13th. Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic delayed the announcement several months but, the news illustrates Hollywood is ready to get back to work.

The California Film Commission has set aside $40.2 million in film tax credit for the 12 films. Together, a 12 movies are expected to generate $225 million in qualified spendings in California. In addition, the projects should hire approximately 1,745 crew, 543 cast members, and 14,668 background actors and stand-ins. They will also generate significant postproduction jobs for California talents.

“Program 2.0 has accomplished precisely what it was designed to do, from creating high-wage jobs to encouraging more out-of-zone production,” said California Film Commission executive director Colleen Bell. “As the industry begins to rebound from COVID-19, the launch of Program 3.0 will help continue to ensure that California provides an unparalleled value.”

“As a project with many trans and other gender non-confirming creative team members, cast and crew, it was essential for Moonshadow production to be based in a progressive state,” EP Jude Harris said Monday. “California’s tax credit program is making it possible for us to generate jobs and production spending here at home while working in a supportive environment.”

Over the last five years, the new program has given film tax credits to 243 movies and projects and generated an estimated $11 billion in overall spending, including $4 billion in qualified wages to below-the-line employees and $3.7 billion to state companies.

Here’s the full list of movies to Film in California

Filming in California
Here are the 12 movies set to film in California this summer.

Ashes to Oceans

The Black Hole


Dead Dads Club

Half Baked 2 

According to a 2019 report, a sequel to the 1998 stoner comedy will star Justin Hires. Hires, who is most known for his work on ‘MacGyver’ announced on Instagram confirming reports, “Excited to announce I’ll be writing the sequel to Half Baked,” he says. “Yes I know the original is a classic and yes this sequel will be [fire] because I’m writing it. Oh yeah, I write screenplays too.”

The sequel will follow the son of Dave Chappelle’s character from the original movie. No other details were released. It is important to note, reports suggest Dave Chappelle will not be involved in the sequel.

Lady of the House

Disney/Fox 1992 set Florida drama

Little America

Action feature film from Michael Bay and starring Sylvester Stallone

Live Feed


A transgender teen drama


The Test

Untitled Lucy and Desi Project

From Aaron Sorkin and will star Cate Blanchett as the legendary and loved comedian, Lucy.

In related news, the Coronavirus has shaken up Georgia’s film industry. That said, Georgia’s film industry is on track for a come back. According to a statement by Gov. Brian Kemp, an estimated 40,000 production workers will find jobs at 75 projects, which are expected to start filming over the next 18 months.

The estimate will also impact other second-line businesses including 17,000 Georgia businesses. These production companies have added a huge impact on Georgia’s economy. In fact, in 2019, nearly 400 movies and TV shows filmed in Georgia impacting 3,040 motion picture and television industry businesses.

“Production companies want to be in Georgia and create tens of thousands of jobs for workers across the state, and today’s announcement is welcome news as we continue safely reopening our state,”  Governor Kemp said. “I thank the Georgia Film Office for their work during the pandemic, and I thank the production companies who always vowed to return to Georgia when the time was right for them to safely get back to work.”

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