In 2012, the price of natural glass slumped dramatically, sending oil companies packing from the Haynesville shale. The boom that began in 2007 was seemingly over, leaving Louisiana feeling like a deflated balloon. It had swelled to accommodate decades’ worth of oil and gas workers, and now the people are struggling to make ends meet for businesses they started, for which there are now no customers.
Hollywood is picking up the standard where it was left by the oil and gas industry, making Louisiana the “Hollywood of the South.” With tax incentives offered by the state, Louisiana has become an appealing place to film for popular television productions such as “True Blood,” “American Horror Story,” and “NCIS: New Orleans.” Film productions have ranged from “Now You See Me” to “12 Years a Slave” in recent years.
A variety of productions are currently filming in the state, and more still are slated to begin filming in coming months, perhaps partly due to the enticing tax incentive program the state has developed. The industry is doing so well that it has spurred indirect business growth and development, adding jobs and new businesses such as movie trailer companies that provide trailers for the stars during their time on set.
Here’s a list of some of the movies and shows to look forward to that might just feature your backyard:
American Horror Story: Freak Show
Although the show is currently airing, filming will continue into December in New Orleans. This season follows a freak show in Jupiter, Florida, in 1952 when such attractions were struggling to stay afloat. Featuring established AHS stars Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy, this season is thought to be the most horrifying yet by its directors. Neil Patrick Harris is also set to join the cast at the end of the season, along with his husband, David Burtka.
A comedy featuring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, this film is set to begin production on November 17 and shoot through Feburary 3, 2015. According to the IMDb page, “when a divorced guy’s ex-wife re-marries someone way more uptight, he re-enters her life and wreaks havoc.”
Not set to release until 2016, this action flick features Gerard Butler as well as “Vikings” star Katheryn Winnick, among other big-name stars. The film is already in production in New Orleans and will wrap up February 10, 2015. The movie is sure to keep you captivated, as IMDb describes the plot: “As a man heads into space to prevent climate-controlling satellites from creating a storm of epic proportions, his brother discovers a plot to assassinate the president.”
I Saw the Light
Starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olson, this Hank Williams biopic began filming in Shreveport in October and will wrap up sometime in December. With an expected release date in 2015, the movie has begun to attract a lot of attention, primarily because of Hiddleston. The British actor took to the stage at the Wheatland Music Festival in early September to show off his hard work at capturing Williams’ musical style.
With a release date already set for October 9, 2015, this thriller will feature celebrity Halle Berry. The movie began shooting in New Orleans October 27th. The story will follow a woman working to retrieve her kidnapped son with no holds barred.
Following the story of an Afghanistan war vet who is struggling to come to terms with his past while searching for his family in post-apocalyptic America, this movie will be in production through December 5 in New Orleans. Starring Kate Mara, Shia LaBeouf, and Gary Oldman, this film is sure to please with its all-star cast.
Filming for seven weeks, starting mid-October, Mr. Right is a romantic comedy. According to the IMDb page for the film, “a girl falls for the ‘perfect’ guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.” Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell play the movie’s main characters.
Our Brand is Crisis
This comedy-drama creation based on the 2005 documentary of the same name will feature the talents of Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. The film, currently being shot in New Orleans, is also being produced by recently-married George Clooney. The subject: American political campaign strategies put to use in South America.
This thriller follows a woman who, after a car accident, wakes up in a basement, where a man tells her he’s saved her from a world made uninhabitable by chemical attacks. Starring John Goodman and up-and-coming Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Valencia is set to wrap up at the end of November.
For more information about movies and shows in Louisiana, visit Louisiana’s production hotline.