There’ve been rumblings about this. Verbinski told Variety that the studio bosses are pressuring him to move the production outside the United States to take advantage of tax credits instead of shooting in Los Angeles. Studio sources confirm to me that they’re looking for ways to “mitigate costs” and not ruling out “alternative locations”. Meanwhile, I’m told the pic has gone “wildly over-budget”. Wait — didn’t Universal Studios boss Ron Meyer just attend that MPAA symposium in Washington DC boasting to Capitol Hill how many American jobs are created by the movie industry? Guess that doesn’t matter now. Anyway, Variety has more detail.
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