There are about 35 million reasons Warner Bros. chose Michigan for the new “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, but the final credits may be about to roll on financial incentives encouraging filmmakers to choose Michigan as a location.
The movie will receive up to $35 million Michigan Film Office under the program, which is designed to create jobs and pump money into Michigan’s economy, The Associated Press reports.
The Film Office has approved $43.2 million under the $50 million incentives program, but next year’s funding is in jeopardy.
In Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2015 budget.
He wants to cut the program in half with a $25 million allocated to the film office to lure producers to Michigan, an amount the House of Representatives also supports. But Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, a Monroe Republican, wants to increase funding to $60 million.
“People will see how important it is,” Richardville told The AP. “It’s really the hardworking blue-collar people in Michigan. You’ve got a whole lot of people that are dependent on this industry in Michigan. It would be a shame to not continue to be competitive.”
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