Fast & Furious 7 and ABC's Extreme Weight Loss to film in Colorado
Earlier this year, we told you that the state's entire film-incentives budget was earmarked for a Hallmark Channel show called When Calls the Heart. But things have changed since then. According to film commissioner Donald Zuckerman, the producers of the show convinced Hallmark to buy more episodes -- and when Colorado didn't have the money to incentivize all of them, the show decided to film in Canada instead.
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But Zuckerman isn't despairing. Instead, he's moving on to find other projects that would love to film here.
"The good news is you're still going to see a lot of production here," Zuckerman says. "It will be more diverse. It won't all be in one place."
Tomorrow, he's planning to ask the Colorado Economic Development Commission to approve incentives for a golf movie called The Squeeze, which Zuckerman says is being pitched as "The Sting meets Tin Cup meets Caddyshack." The film's director is a man named Terry Jastrow, a Denver native, according to the Internet Movie Database, who worked at ABC Sports for 24 years and produced Super Bowl XIX, six different Olympic Games and many, many golf tournaments. Jastrow is also the husband of actress Anne Archer, who played Michael Douglas's wife in Fatal Attraction.
The Squeeze's total budget is $3.3 million, and the movie is projected to spend $1.75 million in Colorado, Zuckerman says. Under Colorado's new film incentives program, movies that hire at least 50 percent of their crew in Colorado can qualify for a 20 percent rebate on the money spent here and a guarantee that the state will back up to 20 percent of the producer's bank loan for a fee. The Squeeze is interested in both, Zuckerman says.
But it's not the only project in the pipeline. Even when all of Colorado's budget was tied up in the Hallmark deal, the state was able to attract two well-known productions, including the sequel to this little film....
Fast & Furious 7 -- the latest installment in the blockbuster series -- will film a "big road-racing scene with stunt drivers in one of our mountain passes," Zuckerman says. And the movie will do it even though it doesn't qualify for the incentives program, because it's bringing its own special crew and doesn't plan to hire locals. Zuckerman says filming will begin in five weeks and continue for about three or four weeks. The film is expected to spend about $7 million shooting the scene in Colorado, he says.
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