We’ve told you that Kevin Durant is going to be a movie star. Clooney-like. He’s going to the big screen in a major motion picture.
And they will not be filming much of that in Oklahoma City now. Thanks a lot lockout. The Oklahoman spells it out.
This is an economic hit to OKC — filming brings a lot of people and a lot of money to wherever a production takes place. That money is now headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The entire project couldn’t be shot in Oklahoma City because of a snag with state incentives for film production. The state of Louisiana offers a tax credit of 85 cents on the dollar, making the state a premier destination for filming. Oklahoma offers a 37 percent rebate for companies filming in the state, but the Oklahoma Film & Music Office had already run out of funding for this fiscal year.
Understand this: making movies is a business. A lucrative business, but a business nonetheless. The money you save on a production is money that impacts the bottom line. So rather than putting up all of “CSI: Miami” cast and crew in Miami for months at a time they film chunks of it near my Long Beach home and around Southern California. (It’s no longer weird to see Miami Dade police cars in my California neighborhood.) Anywhere they can approximate a Miami look.
This is no different. But it sucks for Oklahoma City.
Filming of the movie is set to start mid-September. I wish Durant having to return to his day job would screw up production, but that doesn’t seem likely.