Detroit Can’t Win

Tuesday, February 22 by

Michigan needs to figure out they shit. First, the Mayor of Detroit shot down the notion of a RoboCop statue (and failed), and now on a state level, Governor Rick Snyder has chased away The Avengers and more films could follow.

Hollywood has visited the state recently with the productions for Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Real Steel, Red Dawn, and Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler. With Snyder’s new budget plan, tax incentives will be essentially done away with completely.

“The Avengers” decision is an early – and high-profile – example of incentive supporters’ fears becoming reality.

“They were all set to come here,” said Chris Baum of Film Detroit, a division of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. When producers couldn’t get confirmation that they would still qualify for the incentives, they decided to pull out of the state, Baum said.

Tom Moisides got his call on Saturday morning: His services as a location scout for “The Avengers” would no longer be needed.

That’s a shame. A production as large as The Avengers coming to town could really help boost the local economy and help Detroit with its current campaign to change its image. Also, it already looks like the Hulk showed up and beat the shit out of everything. They wouldn’t have even needed to hire an Art Department. (via Superhero Hype)

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COMMENTS

  1. February 22, 2011 5:26 am

    Kate

    thanks, rick snyder! as if michigan weren’t already a desolate shithole, you’re plunging us even further into debt and depression! i may have been broke and unemployed, but at least i could boast about living just a few miles away from some movie production and dream about running into my favorite actor in my local supermarket. now, you’ve taken that away from me. this just got personal.


  2. February 22, 2011 5:26 am

    Kate

    thanks, rick snyder! as if michigan weren’t already a desolate shithole, you’re plunging us even further into debt and depression! i may have been broke and unemployed, but at least i could boast about living just a few miles away from some movie production and dream about running into my favorite actor in my local supermarket. now, you’ve taken that away from me. this just got personal.


  3. February 22, 2011 5:26 am

    Carly

    Does Mr.Snyder forget the revenue the movie productions bring to the towns they are filming in?Why
    doesn’t he get rid of some of the dead wood that take up places in our state government?Now he is going
    to take money away from our school children.I think Michigan is a great place to make movies.Sad, now
    the only ones that will be filmed will be by Michael Moore about what a dismal place Michigan is to
    live.


  4. February 22, 2011 5:26 am

    Carly

    Does Mr.Snyder forget the revenue the movie productions bring to the towns they are filming in?Why
    doesn’t he get rid of some of the dead wood that take up places in our state government?Now he is going
    to take money away from our school children.I think Michigan is a great place to make movies.Sad, now
    the only ones that will be filmed will be by Michael Moore about what a dismal place Michigan is to
    live.