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New Mexico wins ‘Yard’

Pic pencils in five-week shot at penitentiary building

New Mexico has won out over Hawaii, Illinois and Tennessee as the location for “The Longest Yard,” the Paramount/Sony remake toplining Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.

Gov. Bill Richardson and director Pete Segal made the announcement Wednesday at a news conference, citing the state’s 15% rebate and its program of no location fees for shooting on state property.

“Our efforts to increase film and television production in New Mexico and make the state a major media center continue to pay off,” Richardson said. Recent pics shot in New Mexico include “The Missing,” “21 Grams,” “Suspect Zero,” “Chooch,” “Blind Horizon,” “Off the Map” and “Elvis Has Left the Building.”

“The Longest Yard,” produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison shingle and MTV Films, will lense at Old Main, the old state penitentiary building in Santa Fe. Shooting starts in mid-July with a five-week shoot.

The original 1974 pic, which also starred Reynolds, was shot at the Georgia State Penitentiary.

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