The Michigan Film Office recently announced in their press release that Michigan has approved the new television series Low Winter Sun for filming in the state.
Adapted from the 2006 award-winning British miniseries of the same name, Low Winter Sun’s cast includes Ruben Santiago Hudson (Castle, Law & Order) and Athena Karkanis (Transporter). Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead) is rumored to be the series’ director with Chris Mundy (Criminal Minds, Cold Case) as its writer and executive producer. Set in Detroit, Michigan, the series is also on schedule for shooting in Detroit early this fall.
The Michigan Film Office is excited about the production since having Low Winter Sun filming in the state will be a major asset for Michigan. The new television series receives an incentive of $1,344,412 from Michigan and promises to employ 124 Michigan workers with a full-time equivalent of 23 jobs. Low Winter Sun may join AMC’s stellar line-up that includes Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, and The Walking Dead.
“This is a high profile project that brings with it the possibility of securing a television series that takes place and is shot here in Michigan,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “Series like this provide long-term work for our crew and this one in particular would provide ample opportunities to showcase landmarks throughout metro Detroit to a national audience.”
The new series aside, the biggest project for Michigan in 2012 is the untitled tornado project filmed at the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac, formerly known as Raleigh Michigan Studios.
HOW MICHIGAN CHOOSES ITS FILMING PROJECTS
In order for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Film Review Committee to consider awarding incentives to a production, many criteria must be met, including:
- The production is financially a good investment.
- Utilization of Michigan’s existing studios, post-production facilities, equipment rental, etc.
- Employment of Michigan residents by the production.
- Ability to showcase Michigan in a positive light and promote the state as a tourist destination.
Michigan hopes Low Winter Sun will be a boon to the state. But as everything else in Hollywood, success is never a guarantee. The series may end up like ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7 (2010) which was not renewed after its first season or be a respectable worldwide success as in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino (2008) - both of which were filmed in Michigan. (Gran Torino has made approximately $300 million worldwide since its release in 2008.)
THE MICHIGAN FILM OFFICE
Located on the third floor of 300 North Washington Square, Lansing, Michigan, and having been around since 1979, the Michigan Film Office’s mission is to assist and attract incoming production companies to Michigan. 2011 was a productive year for Michigan with over 30 movies filmed in the state, including the charming romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement (Emily Blunt, Jason Segel) and George Clooney’s The Ides of March.
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