Jul 10, 2010 9:13 PM by Shawn Kline
Louisiana's oil-damaged economy could be getting a boost. A box office hit with a cult following is going to be filmed in southern Louisiana.
Summit Entertainment announced they'd be filming parts of the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn in Baton Rouge. Breaking Dawn is the fourth installment of the series. The third and most recent film, Eclipse is currently in theatres. Eclipse generated more than $300-million at the box office world-wide.
Locally, Twilight's move to Baton Rouge has Louisiana residents talking... Twitter, Facebook, fans are talking about it... but the move could aid the local economy in a time of need.
"It being filmed in the area, it brings out those people who just want to see if they recognize any of the scenes," Dempsey Thibodeaux says.
Thibodeaux is the General Manager of a Lafayette movie theatre. He says Breaking Dawn is a guaranteed hit, but the longevity may be better because of new-found fans coming to see the local area in a box office movie.
"It's a good thing." Thibodeaux says, "for the theatre business and it's a good thing for our area."
"The Twilight franchise is breaking a number of box office records," says Marcus Brown of the Lafayette Entertainment Initiative."To that caliber, this is certainly up at the top."
Brown says Breaking Dawn could bring a cult-like following to southern Louisiana- boosting tourism and the local economy... and the trend is growing.
"I think we'll continue to see the kinds of production activities we've been able to attract thus far," Brown says.
The state offers a tax initiative for production companies- and it's catching the attention of major productions like Twilight. The growing industry is making the greater Lafayette region a hub for the film industry- giving the region a new nickname, the "Hollywood of the South."