Apparently Detroit might very well be the new Gotham, my friends. A press release was issued this morning, stating that Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel 2", loosely titled "Superman Vs. Batman", will be filming on our own American soil. Apparently an incentive of $35 million dollars was increased for their budget, if they didn't shoot in their previously discussed Vancouver, Canada.
On the location, Snyder stated, "Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie. Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film."
While most film fans may feel a bit indifferent to this decision, this certainly means a lot to the city of Detroit. Margaret O'Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office, stated, "This project will further strengthen the reputation of Michigan and metro Detroit as a premier film destination. We look forward to the spotlight shining on our incredibly talented workforce and the businesses that support our film industry here in Michigan."
Using Detroit as the backdrop for many blockbusters is not very rare these days. Scott Waugh's "Need for Speed" starring Aaron Paul, was shot there. Michael Bay's "Transformers 4" is currently in production and has been filming there for months. It definitely has the dirty city vibe as well as the beautiful lush parts, sure to enable all necessary scenes.
A production like this is most certainly on a huge scale. According to the press release, this is how it will directly effect Detroit, Michigan:
"The as-yet-untitled feature film was awarded an incentive of $35 million on $131 million of projected in-state expenditures. The production is expected to hire 406 Michigan workers, with a full time equivalent of 426 jobs, plus an additional 6,000 man/days of extra work. The production anticipates using approximately 500 local Michigan vendors during the course of production and spending $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program."
Wherever they shoot it, an extra $35 million is certainly going to help ensure the effects are top notch, the workers are ready to work hard and that the production is as quality as possible. Production is said to begin in early 2014.
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