Star Wars’ The Mandalorian & Grogu to be Filmed in California Through the State’s Film and TV Tax Credit Program
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SACRAMENTO ~ The California Film Commission has announced the addition of fifteen new productions to the state's Film and TV Tax Credit Program 4.0, including five big-budget projects and ten independent films. These diverse projects are projected to bring in a total of $408 million to California's economy through qualified in-state expenditures.

Among the selected productions is Lucasfilm's highly anticipated "The Mandalorian & Grogu," directed by Jon Favreau. This Star Wars feature, which will be the first in the franchise to be shot entirely in California, is set to inject an estimated $166 million into the state's economy through below-the-line wages and qualified expenditures. This marks a major win for California production and a significant boost for job creation.

Governor Gavin Newsom expressed his excitement about the program, stating, "From Earth to Arvala-7 to Mandalore, there is no place to film like California. Our iconic entertainment industry has brought us classics across generations, and through this program we're making sure the state continues producing, while generating billions of dollars for our communities, creating thousands of good-paying jobs, and training our future workforce."

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A spokesperson for Lucasfilm also shared their enthusiasm for filming in California, saying, "We are thrilled to be shooting the next Star Wars movie here in California. Working with the California Film Commission, we are proud to be creating film jobs in California and excited to start production, utilizing the world-class crew available here."

Other notable recipients of the tax credit include Disney's "Untitled Disney Live Action" project and two Amazon MGM Studios productions: "The Accountant 2" and "Mercy." The array of projects selected showcases California's enduring appeal as a filming location for storytellers.

Colleen Bell, Executive Director of the California Film Commission, stated, "These productions not only infuse millions into our economy but also showcase our state's talent and versatility. We're proud to welcome these projects, highlighting California's resilience and continued prominence in the film industry."

The ten independent films selected are estimated to generate a total of $114 million in qualified spending, with $70 million attributed to qualified wages. Among these, seven with budgets under $10 million are projected to contribute a combined $22 million in qualified spending. The independent films with budgets exceeding $10 million, including New Regency's "Untitled NRP Project," are expected to surpass $92 million in qualified spending.

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Producer Charles Roven, who is set to produce the sci-fi film "Mercy" starring Chris Pratt, expressed his excitement about being able to shoot in Los Angeles thanks to the tax credit. He said, "We get to work with terrific talent that lives here and utilize the wonderful locations. And almost everyone gets to go home to their own bed at the end of the day!"

Out of the 569 planned filming days for these projects, nearly 41% will take place in various locations throughout California, including Alameda County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, San Francisco County, Upland, Joshua Tree, Marin and other out-of-zone locations yet to be determined.

The full list of production titles includes "Animals of Los Angeles," "California Convergence," "Cuate," "Josephine," "Lurker," "Mercy," "Secrets," "The Accountant 2," "The Mandalorian & Grogu," "Untitled 20th Film," "Untitled Disney Live Action," "Untitled NRP Project," "Untitled Thriller,""Untitled Vernon Chatman Project" and"What You'll Remember."

With these new additions to the Film and TV Tax Credit Program 4.0, California's entertainment industry continues to thrive and contribute significantly to the state's economy.

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