Last summer The Avengers was shot in Cleveland and it turned out to be a big success. The studio loved Cleveland’s architecture, diverse settings and talented local workforce. They also enjoyed the large tax break the State of Ohio used as an incentive to film here. Clevelanders were abuzz during the filming as famous actors were seen about town, hundreds of locals were hired as extras and staged explosions rocked downtown.
So why not do it again?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to be filmed here in 2013, with a release date set for 2014 by Walt Disney Studios. The new film will continue a storyline from The Avengers and will star Chris Evans. The script is still in the works, but it is likely that Samuel L. Jackson will also be in town as Nick Fury. More then half the movie is expected to be shot in Cleveland, up from about 30% of The Avengers, which was also shot in New Mexico.
The film will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. The brothers are Cleveland natives, who among other works, directed the Cleveland-based “Welcome to Collinwood.” The pair have recently worked on television shows, including Community, Happy Endings and the upcoming Animal Practice.
The filming of Captain America in Cleveland, as well as the jobs and excitement that will come along with it, would not have happened without the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Incentive. Films are now shot all over the country, often based on tax incentives. A lot of films leave California for production due to the high taxes the incur filming there. Some cities have been skeptical as to actual financial return on an investment such as this. A study by Cleveland State University, however found that a 20% return for the Ohio economy was gained on the tax credit. Since 2009, they estimate the 27 projects that used the Tax Credit provided over 1,000 full time jobs to Ohio as well as over $35 million in household income.