Another winning year for movie making in New Orleans
Don Ames Reporting
The lights have shone bright again in Hollywood South.
2013 has been another big year for TV and movie making in New Orleans and Louisiana.
"Another banner year for our state," says Chris Stelly, with the Office of Entertainment Industry Development. "We're still wrapping up some final numbers for the year, but we anticipate it meeting and probably exceeding what we did in 2012 which was our record year. So, we're looking at another good year in the books."
And, the Crescent City gets top billing on the theater marquee.
"The bulk of it was done down in New Orleans," Stelly says. "That's the largest production center that we have in the state."
Sony's feature film '22 Jump Street', starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube is scheduled to wrap up production in New Orleans today.
And, the latest Sylvester Stallone movie, 'Grudge Match', with Robert DeNiro will open on Christmas Day.
It almost seems like Stallone won't shoot a movie anywhere but here in New Orleans.
"It certainly does feel like that," says Stelly. "But, I think that's probably indicative of how the industry feels about the area. They tend to keep coming back. You keep providing them with good economic reason to come, as well as a great place to shoot and they'll keep coming time and time again."
And, he sees more good times ahead.
"2014 looks to be another banner year. They've got some titles that are going to be very exciting and people will get excited about them once they become public knowledge. So, we look forward to a great 2014."
He's also looking forward to the Academy Awards. Stelly expects several Oscar nominations for films shot in Louisiana this past year...like '12 Years a Slave', 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'.