After all the waiting and checking in with department heads, it looks like DiNovi Pictures along with Nicolas Sparks is taking “The Best of Me” to New Orleans. No word about the possibility of any footage being shot here at all. The Production Weekly states they begin production in March. If anything changes, I will let you know.
Nothing has been said as to why this film is heading to the deep South, but I can think of a few reasons. If you are thinking film incentives, let me shed some light on what Louisiana has to offer. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Lousisiana has a 30 percent transferable credit for qualified applicants for total in-state expenditures related to the production of a motion picture. An additional 5 percent labor tax credit can be earned on the payroll of Louisiana residents who are employed by a state-certified motion picture production. The tax credits are fully transferable and the state has no limit to the amount of tax credits that can be earned by a single production.
A sad day for North Carolina indeed.