Indiana Jones Director Boycotts Making Movies In Georgia After Recent Voter Law Changes
Mangold said he will not make a movie in Georgia due to the state's recent voter law changes.
Prominent director James Mangold--who directed Logan, Ford v Ferrari, and Walk The Line and is attached to direct the new Indiana Jones movie--has said he won't make a movie in the state of Georgia due to a recent law that makes changes to voting rules.
Mangold said succinctly on Twitter, "I will not direct a film in Georgia."
Georgia is one of the US east coast's movie-making hubs, with numerous Marvel and DC projects filming there such as The Avengers, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Suicide Squad projects.
The new bill, which was signed into law late last week, makes changes to voter ID requirements and more. Democratic state senator Jen Jordan said of the bill, "It's like the Christmas tree of goodies for voter suppression."
I will not direct a film in Georgia.— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 26, 2021
Mangold responded to numerous people on Twitter who followed up and challenged him on his statement. You can see some of his responses below. Screenwriter Amy Holden Jones, who wrote Mystic Pizza, said Atlanta--which is where many of the big Hollywood productions film--is the "blue heart of the state." Eliminating movie production in Georgia would harm Democratic voters, Jones said.
I am grateful for that election. But the Georgia legislature just made that election nearly impossible to ever repeat. Pressure is required. Get angry at the right people.— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 26, 2021
The state will be irredeemably red with these new “laws”. The only reason studios shoot in GA is cause they have steal production from other states and workers w/ cash.— Mangold (@mang0ld) March 26, 2021
Film and television shoot in Atlanta, the blue heart of the state. Eliminate production and you harm democratic voters, hard working people, not the representatives elected by the red rural areas.— Amy Holden Jones (@aholdenj) March 26, 2021
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill also weighed in on the matter, saying he agrees with Mangold about wanting to stop filming in Georgia. "No More Filming In Georgia," he wrote as a hashtag.
Mangold's next project is the new Indiana Jones movie starring Harrison Ford. Series director Steven Spielberg was originally scheduled to direct the film but Mangold stepped in after Spielberg parted ways with the film.
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