UTAH, Jan. 11, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Film Commission and Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) Board approval of 13 new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of $142.5 million with approximately 90% to occur in rural Utah.
The productions are a mix of feature films and episodic series that will be distributed on various platforms, including Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, FX/Hulu, Nickelodeon, Paramount+, and for theatrical release, a Utah Film Commission statement says.
Among the approved productions is Kevin Costner’s period Western, “Horizon: An American Saga”; and “Joy to the World,” a new feature from Jerusha Hess, co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite; and a new untitled limited series from Taylor Sheridan, creator of “Yellowstone.”
All approved projects plan to begin production this summer, and filming locations are still being finalized.
In 2022, the Utah Legislature voted to increase the state’s film industry competitiveness and encourage film production in rural communities.
“With the new targeted rural film tax credit, a ready workforce, and a business-friendly climate, Utah will introduce the film industry to new communities while supporting Gov. Cox’s goal of expanding economic opportunities throughout the state,” said Dan Hemmert, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.
The film industry is unique because it brings immediate economic impact to communities with minimal infrastructure.
“Our film industry has had great success over the years. We’ve seen increased interest for filming in Utah from filmmakers and rural community stakeholders,” said Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission, a Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity initiative.
“This new rural film incentive allows Utah to attract more film production and remain competitive.”
Below is a list of approved productions (in alphabetical order):
● “Alma Richards: Raising the Bar”
Estimated Utah Spend: $879,108
Locations: Utah County
● “Cub Scout”
Estimated Utah Spend: $1,107,114
Locations: Sanpete County
● “The Chosen: Season 3”
Estimated Utah Spend: $1,400,327
Locations: Utah County
● “Dark Highway”
Estimated Utah Spend: $4,004,367
Locations: Emery County, Juab County, San Juan County
Estimated Utah Spend: $10,271,416
Distribution: Amazon Prime Video
Locations: Tooele County
● “Horizon: An American Saga”
Estimated Utah Spend: $53,925,008
Locations: Emery County, Grand County, Kane County, San Juan County, Washington County
● “Joy To The World”
Estimated Utah Spend: $8,300,000
● “Recipe For Love”
Estimated Utah Spend: $328,268
Locations: Salt Lake County, Utah County
● “Retreat: Season 1”
Estimated Utah Spend: $1,407,920
Locations: Emery County, Grand County, Tooele County
● “The Streak”
Estimated Utah Spend: $183,500
Locations: Salt Lake County, Weber County
● Unnamed Green Beans Show
Estimated Utah Spend: $10,700,000
Distribution: Apple TV+
● Untitled Movie
● Untitled Taylor Sheridan Series
Estimated Utah Spend: $40,000,000
Distribution: Paramount +
Locations: Summit County, Wasatch County