Could Tucson soon be called 'Hollywood in the Desert'? - Tucson News Now

Could Tucson soon be called 'Hollywood in the Desert'?

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Right now a proposed movie tax credit is being considered by the state. 

The local film business here in Tucson is hoping the bill passes to draw in more filmmakers to the state. 

Years ago downtown Tucson was the setting for the Stephen King movie ‘Desperation', but there hasn't been too many movies setting up shop here since then. 

The bill is currently being debated in the State Legislature; the measure would give a 20 percent tax break to studios filming in Arizona, to be eligible studios would have to spend $250,000. 

Shelli Hall, the Director of the Tucson Film Office, says she is all for it.  According to Hall this is a much smarter tax incentive than what the state had five years ago, because this new one favors TV series. 

Currently studios shoot in neighboring states like New Mexico and Utah, who both offer film tax incentives. 

Hall also adds many film makers have scouted the state but passed Arizona up to go elsewhere. 

Quentin Tarantino was scouting Old Tucson Studios for ‘Django Unchained', but because Arizona didn't have a tax incentive they went to Louisiana, which has a 30 percent tax credit.

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