Kristen Wiig and Reed Morano Pull Projects From Georgia in Wake of Anti-Abortion Law

IndieWire | 5/22/2019 | Staff
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Hollywood projects are continuing their slow exodus in the wake of Georgia governor Brian Kemp signing the so-called “heartbeat” anti-abortion bill earlier this month. Next up: Time reports that both Emmy-winning director Reed Morano and comedian and writer Kristen Wiig have pulled upcoming projects from filming in the state. Though Republican Kemp signed the bill into law earlier this month, the “heartbeat” bill, which outlaws nearly all abortions in the state, will not go into effect until next year.

In the meantime, a number of Hollywood heavy-hitters have voiced their displeasure with the law, and creators like Morano and Wiig appear to be leading a slow-building charge to leave the state entirely. Georgia has an uncapped tax incentive for film productions, hence its popularity as a filming location. Among the many movies and TV shows to film there recently are“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ozark,” “The Walking Dead,” and the upcoming “Bad Boys” and “Jumanji” sequels.

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Morano, who is set to direct Amazon’s upcoming series “The Power,” based on Naomi Alderman’s novel of the same name, was scheduled to hit Georgia this week to scout for filming locations. Instead, Morano cancelled her trip and, per Time, “shut down any possibility of filming a story arc in Georgia.”

She told the outlet, “We had no problem stopping the entire process instantly. There is no way we would ever bring our money to that state by shooting there.” Later, she followed up on the news with an Instagram post, writing on the social media platform, “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.”


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