In some great local news for the film industry, the state Economic Development Commission approved a $5 million incentive package to bring writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s new film, The Hateful Eight, to Colorado. The production is slated to start in December on a ranch near Telluride.
The Denver Post reports that, according to state film commissioner David Zuckerman, the whole film will be shot in state with a total budget for the film set at $44 million.
It’s been a big few years for the film commission; in July of 2012, Lone Ranger spent three weeks and $7 million shooting the Johnny Depp movie in Creede, the small Jessica Alba film Dear Eleanor was given a $500,000 incentive package in 2013, and earlier this year Fast and Furious 7 shot scenes over Monarch Pass and Pikes Peak, spending around $13 million and getting $700,000 in incentives.
The 2014-15 budget for incentives in the state was upped to $5 million from just $800,000 in 2013-14, which is a good sign for the industry.
As far as Tarantino and The Hateful Eight are concerned, the production plans to build sets and put about 170 Coloradan crew to work. This is great news as the state has yet another opportunity to shine and show that not only do we have a beautiful state, but we have the incentives, people, and passion to support major Hollywood film and TV productions.