States trying to lure filmmakers

Minnesota is in a high-stakes war between the states to lure filmmakers.

Minnesota will pay Joel and Ethan Coen $500,000 to shoot their next movie, "A Serious Man," in the Twin Cities. Minnesota lawmakers came up with the money to induce the St. Louis Park natives to film in Minnesota instead of Wisconsin.

Minnesota was disappointed to see Wisconsin successfully tempt Johnny Depp and his "Public Enemies" movie and Michigan lure Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino," which was written in and about Minnesota.

Making movies requires no infrastructure such as factories or sewer lines to be built, so states can see money rolling in almost immediately.

(Chicago Tribune)

Film Business, Filmmaking

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