Kristen Wiig's New Comedy Pulls Out of Georgia Following Anti-Abortion Bill
Wiig and Mumolo’s film isn’t the first project to pull out of working in Georgia.
Kristen Wiig’s new comedy will no longer be filming in Georgia following its anti-abortion bill.
The upcoming film, "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" has pulled out of the state amid the new proposed law, Wiig’s rep confirmed to Variety Tuesday.
Wiig and Annie Mumolo, who both wrote and starred together in "Bridesmaids," are reuniting for the new buddy comedy, which is set to be released in 2020. The film is produced by Gloria Sanchez Productions and distributed by Lionsgate. And it looks like now they will be finding another filming location.
Earlier this month, Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp signed the "fetal heartbeat bill" banning abortion after five to six weeks into pregnancy– before some women even know they are pregnant. The bill has sparked uproar in Hollywood and beyond, even motivating celebrities, like Jameela Jamil and Milla Jovovich, to come forward and tell their own abortions stories.
Georgia has become a popular state for film and TV production as projects ranging from "Avengers: Infinity War" to "The Walking Dead" have filmed there. The state’s 30 percent tax rebate has made it an optimal location for shoots and has contributed to an estimated 92,000 jobs, according to Variety.
Wiig and Mumolo’s film isn’t the first project to pull out of working in Georgia. Director Reed Morano, who had planned on scouting locations in Georgia for a new show for Amazon Studios called "The Power," has now canceled her trip following the "heartbeat bill" and has "shut down any possibility of filming a story arc in Georgia," Morano told Time Tuesday.
"We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly," she added. "There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there."
Via @time @sisterpicturestv It feels wrong for a reason. And it felt wrong to us to go ahead and make our show and take money/tax credit from a state that is taking this stance on the abortion issue. We just couldn’t do it.
A post shared by reed morano A.S.C. (@reedmorano) on
Morano, who won an Emmy for directing three episodes of "The Handmaid’s Tale," also took to Instagram to talk about taking the show out of Georgia. "It feels wrong for a reason," she captioned a screenshot of the Time article. "And it felt wrong to us to go ahead and make our show and take money/tax credit from a state that is taking this stance on the abortion issue. We just couldn’t do it."
While actor Jason Bateman, whose award-winning show "Ozark" films in the state," has pledged to leave if the bill becomes a law, other producers have said they will give their salaries or donations to charities, such as the ACLU, in protest against the anti-abortion bill.
Some of these producers include J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele’s production companies, who will be donating "100% of [their] respective episodic fees" from their upcoming series HBO’s "Lovecraft Country."
Source: Read Full Article