Variety: Hollywood still drawn to Louisiana; many consider tax cap a mere bump in the road _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Crews work to film "Pitch Perfect 2" Friday, June 20, 2014 in Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge.


Variety reports that Hollywood producers haven't soured on making films in Louisiana, despite the state's recent implementation of $180 million tax cap on an annual tax credit for moviemakers.

Some of the recent films shot in Louisiana include "The Expendables," "Pitch Perfect" and "12 Years a Slave." Movies ‘Jack Reacher 2’ and ‘X-Men’ spinoff ‘Gambit’ also were shot in Louisiana.

One producer told Variety: “You have to think about what you will be doing and when the audit will be done.”

Prior to the cap, Louisiana’s film program was popular, but a major money loser.

Then, Louisiana instituted the cap earlier this year.

At one point the film industry envisioned a litany of lawsuits since the cap was turned into law, but so far it hasn’t happened.

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