Good news for New Orleans from “Deja Vu” producer Jerry Bruckheimer who tells me director Tony Scott leaves for New Orleans next week and will start production there the beginning of February.
The mid-sized budget ($60 million) pic stars Denzel Washington and Paula Patton. The film’s opening scenes will be shot aboard a ferry. “It’s fortunate for us,” Bruckheimer admits, “that the ferry is OK and has survived (somewhat) Katrina. We are thrilled to be there.” Key members of the film crew will be flown in from Hollywood and will be housed in hotels. “The town is in good shape,” Bruckheimer enthused.
This will be the second film which Bruckheimer’s filmed in New Orleans, taking advantage of the state’s tax incentive program. The first, “Glory Road” (Disney) starring Josh Lucas, opens nationally Jan.13 after tonight’s preem at L.A.’s. Pantages theater. Bruckheimer is very high on this pic. When filming it in New Orleans it was spared a hurricane in 2004. Pic was made on a more modest budget. “We had a good experience filming it in New Orleans and we’re glad to be going back.” On the small screen, Bruckheimer has nine TV series going this year.