'Fighter' trying to catch a break
Could "The Fighter" -- the big-budget movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon and based on the life of Lowell boxing champ "Irish" Micky Ward -- be shot entirely in Massachusetts? It could if some adjustments are made to a particular tax incentive law, says state film czar Nick Paleologos.
There's evidence that state incentives, created to lure film and TV production here, are working. Three major movies have been shot in Boston in the past 15 months, compared to four big-budget flicks in the previous seven years. The problem is, tax credits are limited, Paleologos says, making it less attractive to produce big-ticket blockbusters in the Bay State.
"I met with some studio executives who said of our [tax credit] cap" that filmmakers are better off if they make "four $25 million movies in Massachusetts, but not one $100 million film," Paleologos said. The buzz is that "The Fighter," helmed by director Darren Aronofsky, could cost as much as $100 million to make. "If you could save $3 million and make New Haven, Conn., or a location in Rhode Island look like Lowell, wouldn't you?" Paleologos mused. "I think if we work out a few technical issues [on the tax incentive law], the flood gates could open."