Patrick Wilson

Production shot entirely in Hollywood area

Blumhouse Pictures has given a boost to Los Angeles production by filming all of Joe Carnahan’s “Stretch” in the Hollywood area.

The low-budget film, starring Patrick Wilson as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur, racked up 25 days of permitted production during the past two weeks, according to figures released Tuesday by the FilmL.A. permitting agency.

Carnahan began shooting “Stretch” in late June shortly after Universal decided to date the film for a March 21 release. “We shot it all in Los Angeles, which is great to see,” said location manager Michael Neale.

Wilson portrays a driver looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire, played by Chris Pine, while Ed Helms plays a limo driver colleague.  Jason Blum and Carnahan are producing.

Statistics from FilmL.A. showed a relatively robust production level for features last week with 219 permitted days, up 33% from the same week in 2012.

In recent years, most movies shot in Los Angeles have been low-budget titles, such as “Stretch,” as the lure of incentives pushes production outside California. The California Film Commission reported Tuesday that runaway production has produced a “profound erosion” of the state’s film and TV production and that the state’s four-year-old incentive program isn’t large enough to reverse the trend.

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