With Gov. Deval Patrick's latest budget proposal slotted to restrict tax credits for the film industry--slashed to $50 million a year for 2010 and 2011--expect a meaner and leaner film-production season in 2010.
Yep, say "bye-bye" to big-budget flicks with talent like Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz who filmed "Knight & Day" in Boston in 2009.
The good news is that the state's 25 percent incentive will subsidize $200 million worth of production and there are a handful of possible film projects that are in the works.
Here's a list of potential made-in-Massachusetts films for 2010:
Steve Carell from "The Office" is tee-ing up to produce the set-in-Boston comedy "Missing Links" following a crew of golfing buddies. According to the trade pubs, Jay Lavender ("The Break-Up") is attached to adapt Rick Reilly's tale of a group of golfing pals at a run-down Boston course. The group discovers they've been playing next to an elite club and holds a competition over who will be first to play a round.
The Other Side
Lindsay Lohan is still greenlit to star in "The Other Side," a flick following a graduate student sent to spend the summer working at a scientific institute at an island off the coast of Massachusetts. Lohan, raising eyebrows with her new flick "Machete" after reportedly going topless, is set to act alongside Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Dave Matthews and Alanis Morisette.
Original "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke teams up with actor Emile Hirsch in this modern retelling of the Shakespeare classic "Hamlet." The story takes place at a small New England liberal arts college where Hamlet’s father is the president. The story will begin with Hamlet (Hirsch) returning home for his father’s funeral, only to learn that his uncle, who has taken over his father’s post, is responsible for his father’s murder.
Word is that the on-and-off film following a Boston firefighter based on Emilio Mauro and Mike Yebba's screenplay is greenlit for 2010. James Mottern is directing. The film follows a clean-cut Southie firefighter who turns to Oxycontin after being injured in the line of duty. The drug threatens his health career and relationships.
The buzz is that Steve Carell may do a Kevin James and film two flicks in the Hub this year. Carell, an Acton native who spends his summer in Marshfield, may reprise his role as Maxwell Smart in a sequel to the "Get Smart" remake with Hasty Pudding diva Anne Hathaway as Agent 99.
Also, since Loaded Gun Boston last checked, the on-and-off again indie flick from "Townies" writer/director Mike O'Dea is scheduled to begin filming on March 17, 2010 or St. Patrick's Day. "Code of Silence" follows boxer Mickey Callaghan with an extraordinary family legacy ... his father John Callaghan is a feared and ruthless Winter Hill crime boss.