We reported last month that Joe Johnston's upcoming superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger will be filming in London, with production slated to start on June 28 and now we have some details on why London was chosen. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the film was supposed to film in Los Angeles, but London was ultimately chosen for the tax benefits. Here are some excerpts from the site's article.
"The upcoming movie from Marvel Studios was originally to be filmed in Los Angeles. Instead, Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Hugo Weaving, will shoot this July in London, where the story is partially set."
"When Marvel, which is based at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, launched its studio in 2007, executives said they planned to film their first four projects in Los Angeles. The studio has largely delivered on that pledge. The hit film Iron Man and its sequel Iron Man 2, currently in theaters, were shot in state, featuring locations including the Alabama Hills in the Eastern Sierra, Edwards Air Force Base and the Sepulveda Dam."
"But the studio, which was acquired by Walt Disney Co. last year, concluded that London was the best location for Captain America: The First Avenger, largely because the story is set in Europe and will feature a number of scenes in London such as Piccadilly Circus, and also because of favorable tax incentives.
Though Marvel could have done the stage work in L.A. and shot exteriors in London, it wasn't economically feasible to split the production between two locations, given the heavy filming required in Europe, said Marvel Studios co-President Louis D'Esposito, who oversees physical production."
It was said that the tax incentives offered in London will pay out 20 to 25% of what the production spends in London. CLICK HERE to read the site's full article.