Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Savannah will be the location for the upcoming Disney film, The Last Song. Touting recent film incentives, he says the movie is expected to bring approximately 250 jobs to the state.
Julie Anne Robinson will direct the film, which is expected to start production in Georgia in June and be completed by mid-August.
"I signed the 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act in support of our efforts to recruit film, music and digital entertainment projects to Georgia," said Governor Perdue. "These industries are thriving and growing, boosting the state's economy and employing thousands of Georgians."
The script was written by author Nicholas Sparks, who wrote The Notebook, later adapted into a film. Producer Dara Weintraub also produced another film in Savannah called The Clearing, which starred Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe and Helen Mirren.
After years of relative neglect which resulted in many projects locating to the Carolinas and Louisiana instead, Georgia's new, more competitive incentives offer a 20 percent tax credit for qualified productions, which are then eligible for an additional 10 percent tax credit if they include an animated Georgia promotional logo within the finished product.