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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Disney, Pixar Will Shoot Sci-Fi Movie in Utah

Utah's exotic landscape has often appeared in movies and TV shows, sometimes being used to depict alien worlds. Most recently, a portion of the San Rafael Swell stood in for the plant Vulcan in the last Star Trek movie.

Now we'll be depicted as Mars in a new Disney-Pixar movie, "John Carter of Mars," based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs science-fiction book series.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the production. Below are excerpts. Also see this MTV blog.

Disney and Pixar, makers of classic animated movies such as "Toy Story" and the recent hit "Up," are expected to partly film the pulp science-fiction adventure "John Carter of Mars" in Utah from November to July 2010.

Portions of the Beehive State will double as Mars, including Lake Powell (where the original "Planet of the Apes" was partially filmed), Moab, and Kane and Wayne counties.

"It's the biggest movie we've ever used incentives on," said Utah Film Commission executive director Marshall Moore. "We haven't seen these kinds of numbers since doing a TV series for a year."

According to a GOED executive summary, the filmmakers are committed to spend $27.7 million in the state and employ 398 Utahns during the seven months of pre-production and shooting. In turn, the production would receive a $5.5 million tax credit under the state's incentive program.

In the past, the comedy "Unaccompanied Minors" resulted in $16 million being spent in Utah, while "High School Musical 3" resulted in $14 million.

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