Katrina Forces Productions Elsewhere


I have yet to post anything having to do with Hurricane Katrina to this point, but now I think I have enough ammo as a movie news site to post a little bit of news.

First off, something completely off the headline, I have learned that one of the writers for the movie news site 3BlackChicks.com made her home in New Orleans and thanks to Katrina, Cassandra Henry and the 20+ members of her family have lost everything. Her son and daughter-in-law have decided to move, with their infant daughter, to Dallas. They aren’t even going back. They no longer have jobs to go to and their home is underwater.

Kamal, the site’s lead contributer has put together a donation button in which you can donate directly to Cass from her homepage right here. If you would like to make a blind donation to the cause you can do so here.

As for our story, Hurricane Katrina already has forced some Hollywood productions to film elsewhere, and its devastation has decimated the progress Louisiana was making in luring filmmakers to the state with generous tax incentives.

A short clip from the article reads as follows:

The cast and crew of the Warner Bros. film The Reaping, including its star Hilary Swank, were evacuated by plane from Baton Rouge before the storm made landfall. The film is set to resume production early next week, the studio said.

The future of two films set to start shooting in New Orleans in the next two months is less certain.

Walt Disney Studios is still hopeful that the Jerry Bruckheimer film “Deja Vu,” and “The Guardian,” starring Kevin Costner, can shoot in the city. “Deja Vu” was scheduled to start filming in November. “The Guardian,” scheduled to start production next month, has been delayed.

“At this point, it’s too early to tell,” said studio spokeswoman Heidi Trotta.

Katrina has indefinitely delayed filming for a new FX cable TV series that was set to start airing next spring. “Thief,” a one-hour drama starring Andre Braugher (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) and set in New Orleans, was to be shot in the city.

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