‘Swiss Army Man’ Producer Walks Off Film Project Over Georgia Abortion Law (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 1/1/2020 | Matt Donnelly
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Indie producer Miranda Bailey has dropped out of the drama “Time Capsule” a month before its scheduled location shoot in Georgia in protest of the state’s controversial “heartbeat” bill which was signed into law this month, Variety has learned.

Pre-production is currently underway in Georgia in the midst of a media firestorm over the legislation, which would ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy if it goes into effect next year. Bailey and her Cold Iron Pictures walked out over the measure this week, according to a spokesperson for the producer, whose credits include the Sundance breakout “Swiss Army Man” and Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice.” The drama, plot details for which are under wraps, has “Deadpool” breakout Brianna Hildebrand attached to star, as well as “One Day at a Time” actor Todd Grinnell. But the film currently has no producer in line.

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Representatives for Hildebrand declined to comment, though one insider familiar with her involvement said her team is still considering the project. Bailey’s company is the sole credited producer attached, written by newcomers Erwann Marshall and Chad Fifer. Two insiders said “Time Capsule” still has foreign financing committed, but Bailey’s resignation leaves the production’s future in question. One person close to the matter maintains that the project remains scheduled for a July start.

Bailey’s decision to bail proves the law is affecting more than just the major media companies who have big superhero tentpoles and top TV franchises in Georgia. The abortion bill could threaten an independent film economy that benefits greatly from the state’s generous tax incentive.

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“Georgia has become an attractive place to shoot, given their incentives, especially for independent filmmakers who need to stretch every production dollar,” said Josh Welsh, president of the non-profit Film Independent, which hands...
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