In case anyone is wondering whether Michigan’s film incentives are still keeping Hollywood’s attention focused here, just look at what’s happening in Grand Rapids.
“The End of the Tour,” starring Jesse Eisenberg as writer David Lipsky and Jason Segel as author David Foster Wallace, is being filmed at locations all over the Grand Rapids area.
The film, based on Lipsky’s book “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself,” was awarded a state incentive of $495,380 on $2,105,652 of projected in-state expenditures, according to the Michigan Film Office this week.
The project is expected to hire 66 Michigan workers and create a full-time equivalent of 12 jobs.
“Grand Rapids has terrific locations and a talented workforce for the film industry to tap into,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “‘The End of the Tour’ will help highlight these assets and showcase all the West Michigan region has to offer.”
“The End of the Tour” isn’t the only major film being developed in the state this year.
For the 2014 fiscal year, the state has awarded five projects $40,980,829 on $153,887,708 of approved production expenditures.
These incentives are expected to lead to the creation of 780 hires, with a full-time equivalent of 763 jobs.
One of those projects likely includes the highly anticipated “Man of Steel” sequel, which will feature Henry Cavill as “Superman,” Ben Affleck as “Batman,” Gal Gadot as “Wonder Woman” and Eisenberg as “Lex Luthor.”
The film, although delayed to a 2016 release, is set to begin filming in Detroit later this year.
The talent behind AMC’s “Breaking Bad” series is also turning to West Michigan for its upcoming story settings.
Vince Gilligan, the show’s Emmy-winning creator, is developing “Battle Creek,” a police drama television series based in Battle Creek.
The main star of “Breaking Bad,” Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston, is set to appear in the film “Holland, Michigan,” a thriller about a murder that takes place during a tulip festival.
Both projects are in development.