According to Variety, Universal and helmer Spike Lee have decided to shoot Denzel Washington-Clive Owen starrer The Inside Man at Brooklyn's Steiner Studios thanks to a new package of city and state tax incentives aimed at luring production to Gotham.

The pic starts lensing June 27 for a 42-day shoot, and sets are being constructed at Steiner, the $118 million soundstage facility located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Mel Brooks had earlier opted to house his U release The Producers at Steiner Studios for similar reasons.

The new move is further proof that recently passed tax breaks -- which offer incentives to features and TV series that do the majority of their filming on qualified New York soundstages -- are helping attract attention for some major shoots.

"These tax breaks are something we've all worked very hard for," U prexy of physical production James Brubaker told Daily Variety. "It has probably taken a lot of films from Canada in many ways. Getting 10% from the state and 5% from the city on a big movie is a lot."

Brubaker added that Universal would work with any of Gotham's qualified soundstages, which include Kaufman Astoria and Silvercup, and that the decision is a matter of scheduling and cooperation.

The pic, penned by Russell Gewirtz, is a drama pitting a cop against a clever bank robber. Jodie Foster also stars.

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