World War Z, that Brad Pitt movie no one saw, was set in Philadelphia and was going to be filmed in Philadelphia, which is always a boon for the city, whether on the jobs front or on the HughE Dillon front. But the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania torpedoed the project by dilly-dallying on the tax break so the filmmakers took the movie to Glasgow where a fake Philadelphia was created, and no one here got to stalk Brad Pitt.
Now it’s happening again. David O. Russell, director of Silver Linings Playbook, is making a movie about the Abscam scandal, which even more than Silver Linings, merits a Philadelphia film set. The story of corruption that involved Philadelphia politicians, Russell’s Abscam movie will star Bradley Cooper, formerly of Jenkintown, and Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence. From NewsWorks:
The state of Pennsylvania will not offer the filmmakers tax credits to the tune of $4 million as requested. The state has an annual film tax credit cap of $60 million, and it has already reached that limit.
The state Department of Community and Economic Development did offer the filmmakers a partial tax credit, conditional on future budget negotiations. The filmmakers declined the offer.
Sharon Pinkenson’s response? “A conditional commitment means they will conditionally make a movie, meaning they won’t.” You tell ’em.