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“Frank or Francis” May Bring Nic Cage, Jack Black, Steve Carell, and Kevin Kline to Pittsburgh

8 Nov

Kevin Kline, Jack Black, Steve Carell, and Nicolas Cage are reportedly set to star in a new Charlie Kaufman movie, “Frank or Francis,” a musical comedy to be filmed in Pittsburgh, PA.

Kaufman is the genius behind “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

“Frank or Francis” follows very busy years in film production in Pittsburgh as of late. This summer, Pittsburgh hosted the Batman movie, “Dark Knight Rises,” and also presently filming in Pittsburgh is “One Shot,” starring Tom Cruise.

The “Frank or Francis” project seems to be all but confirmed, though an official announcement has not yet been made. According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, “New York-based production company Likely Story Inc. has been awarded a $4 million tax credit to shoot “Frank or Francis” in Allegheny County, according to public investment records with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, which oversees the state’s film tax credit program.”

The movie is set to begin filming in January or February of 2012.

Will Freeze on State Film Tax Credit Freeze Out Dark Knight and Other Movie Productions?

18 Feb

There is currently a freeze on Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program – and this freeze on remaining funds could cause Pittsburgh an other Pennsylvania locations to miss out on many film opportunities including the highly anticipated Batman sequel, “Dark Knight Rises,” which was reported to start filming in Pittsburgh this summer.

So far, producers of Batman and 2 other productions set to be filmed in Pittsburgh have reportedly threatened to back out and shoot elsewhere if the money is not released.

Local media and casting agencies are encouraging citizens to contact local lawmakers and government to keep the productions in town. ilm productions had been receiving a 25 percent credit for spending at least 60 percent of their production budget in the state, which is the amount “The Dark Knight Rises” has been rumored to film in Pittsburgh.

The PA film tax credit program is presently on hold until the Pennsylvania state budget is passed next month. This could cost the city and state mega-bucks if these big-money productions choose another locale.

Movie productions filmed in Pittsburgh had been receiving a 25 percent credit for spending 60% or more of their production budget in Pennsylvania. Though Warner Bros. are yet to officially announce filming locations for “The Dark Knight Rises,” it was reported that this would likely be the amount spent in Pittsburgh.

As no formal announcements have been made regarding the movie, there is still hope for it and others. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the film tax credit mess can get straightened out. Not only is it big business for Pittsburgh, but it is likewise exciting to see our hometown on the big screen!