The New Mexico Film Office has announced the production of another major film.
A portion of “The Goldfinch” from Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Amazon Studios, will be filmed in Albuquerque from early April through mid-April, according to a release by the New Mexico Film Office.
Warner Bros. Pictures is a company of Warner Bros. Entertainment, headquartered in Burbank, California. Amazon Studios is headquartered in Seattle, according to LinkedIn.
“The Goldfinch” is a film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt. The movie is directed by BAFTA award winner John Crowley and features actors Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort.
Kidman is an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe award-winning actress who stars in the television series “Big Little Lies.” Elgort is best known for his leading roles in “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Baby Driver.”
The production will employ 173 New Mexico crew members, six New Mexico actors and around 350 New Mexico background extras, according to the release.
“The Goldfinch” is slated for release on Oct 11, 2019.
“We’re excited to welcome another impressive production to New Mexico,” said New Mexico Film office director Nick Maniatis in the release. “New Mexico’s diverse and beautiful landscapes, our depth of talent and infrastructure and our powerful film incentives make our state perfect for film production.”
The state’s growing national popularity for film and TV production attracted the attention of a New York City-based entertainment payroll and business services company. GreenSlate recently opened a new office in the Duke City at at 100 Sun Ave. NE, Suite 650.
The number of productions in New Mexico with over $1 million budgets nearly tripled from 18 in fiscal year 2014 to 52 in fiscal year 2017, according to the New Mexico Film Office. Direct in-state production spend rose from $162.1 million to $505.9 million, respectively.
Business First took a closer look at the state’s film industry in our Deep Dive Economy report in January. The state’s tax program, capped at $50 million annually, has continuously attracted Hollywood filmmakers with incentives such as 25 percent in rebates on certain expenses for film and up to 30 percent for TV series, especially if they hire local crew members.
As of May, film production refunds totaled $31.6 million for 44 claims, according to the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.
Business First recently reported on a new movie, “Running with the Devil,” starring actor Nicolas Cage, filmed in New Mexico in March. The production employed about 90 New Mexico crew members and 30 New Mexico actors and stunt performers, according to the New Mexico Film Office.