Monday, April 15, 2024

Harvey Weinstein Will Pull Richard Pryor Bio Pic from Georgia if Anti-Gay Bill Passes


Harvey Weinstein has joined the chorus of movie industry people threatening to pull movies from the state of Georgia if their anti-gay rights bill passes.

Weinstein has just issued this statement:

“The Weinstein Company will not stand behind sanctioning the discrimination of‎ LGBT people or any American. We have plans in place to begin filming Lee Daniels’ new film in Georgia later this year, but will move the production if this unlawful bill is enacted. We hope Governor Deal will veto bill HB 757 and not allow sanctioned bigotry to become law in Georgia.”

Disney and Marvel have also threatened to pull up stakes if the so called religious liberty bill passes. Marvel is currently shooting “Guardians of the Galaxy II” there. Georgia offers great tax incentives to film companies. But if that bill does pass, the large number of movie and TV productions will probably leave. The bill could also affect the recording industry down there.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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