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Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Gets California Incentive (EXCLUSIVE)

Shooting set for Los Angeles on Oct. 6

Jake Gyllenhaal’s thriller “Nightcrawler” is receiving a $2.3 million allocation from the California Film Tax Credit program after moving off the waiting list.

The film, which also stars Bill Paxton and Rene Russo, was not one of the 31 projects originally selected in June for $100 million in credits via a lottery from 380 applications.

It’s not uncommon for waiting-list projects to wind up with the credit as last month’s cancellation of “Bunheads” freed up credits for seven other California projects, including  “Sam and the White Tiger,” “Perfect Heist,” “Xoxo” and “Straight Outta Compton.” There are currently 34 projects with allocations.

Bold Films is financing “Nightcrawler,” which begins shooting Oct. 6 in Los Angeles in Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut. Gyllenhaal plays a man who discovers the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles.

“We really had no choice but to shoot this in Los Angeles, because it’s set in L.A and it’s a quintessentially Los Angeles kind of project in that the city is very much a character in the movie,” said producer David Lancaster. “It’s a similar situation to ‘Drive,’ where it’s essential to set the movie in L.A. And we also got the tax credit.”

Bold Films is partnered with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse and Jason Reitman’s Right of Way on “Whiplash,” currently shooting in downtown Los Angeles. The film is based on Damien Chazelle’s 18-minute short of the same name that debuted at Sundance and won the short film jury award.

“Whiplash” focuses on a drummer, played by Miles Teller, as he deals with an antagonistic teacher, portrayed by J.K. Simmons. The script was on the 2012 Black List.

The FilmL.A. permitting agency disclosed that “Whiplash” logged eight days of permitted shooting last week, including shoots at the Hotel Barclay and Palace Theater downtown. The film was not selected for a state incentive.

“We felt that ‘Whiplash’ is so contained that it made more sense to shoot in Los Angeles,” Lancaster said. “I’ve made over 30 films, but in the last 10 years, I’ve done very few in California because of the rebates in other states — which is a damn shame because the crews and the weather here are great. The frustration about the caps on the California program is palpable.”

Bold Films is also in post-production on Ryan Gosling’s “How to Catch a Monster,” which was shot in Detroit. The company is in pre-production on “The Coup,” starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan, with lensing set for Thailand; it’s shooting ABC’s 13-episode series “The Black Box” in New York; and lensing TV series “Dominion” in South Africa.

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