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)