Wilmington, North Carolina (WWAY)– Wilmington’s booming movie industry is getting busier, and the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision seems to be one of the reasons.
Last year, North Carolina had one of its best years for film and television production, surpassing $400 million in direct spending.
This year has yet to catch up to that, but so far it’s been a busy summer and a busy fall.
The most recent production to come to Wilmington is the unexpected one… “Eric LaRue.” Film Partnership of North Carolina president Susi Hamilton said this was the result of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.
“When this happened, the director and the producer of the production made it very clear that it was not something they believed in and felt it was too restrictive. They wanted to go somewhere more conducive in business, which is why they chose North Carolina.
So far, no other production has come to Wilmington for this particular reason, but Hamilton says that could change.
“We hope North Carolina’s laws stay as they are, and we believe that if they do, that stability will help us recruit into all economic endeavors, not just the film industry.”
Three productions are currently filming in the Wilmington area. ‘Eric LaRue’, ‘The Summer I Got Pretty’ and ‘Welcome to Flatch’, along with another just-announced production, “The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat.”
We contacted the national and regional film commission regarding Eric Larue’s decision to move production, but were unable to obtain additional information.