In the wake of the anti-abortion legislation recently adopted in Georgia – and also in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky and others – questions have been raised about how the entertainment industry would respond. Georgia has become one of Hollywood’s most visited destinations. One of their favorite customers: Marvel, who films all MCU titles, even the ones that are far from Africa, in Atlanta.
So far, Disney, which owns Marvel, has kept silent about the next step, even if Netflix has threatened to withdraw from the state and other celebrities – including Amy Schumer, Jason Bateman and Mark Duplass – have sworn not to to film a state with such restrictive abortion legislation. On Wednesday, Bob Iger, the CEO of the company, broke his silence by telling Reuters that it would be “very difficult” to keep filming there.
“I think a lot of people who work for us don’t want to work there, and we will have to take their wishes into account in that regard. We are looking at it very carefully at the moment,” Iger said. He added that if the law actually came into force, he would not “see how practical it is to keep photographing there.”
Under Georgia’s new laws, abortion would be banned six weeks after pregnancy, under what Governor Brian Kemp called the “fetal heartbeat bill.”
Since the legislation was passed, the state has already lost such productions as the Netflix show The Power, Barb by Kristen Wiig and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, and an upcoming film by Ilana Glazer. If productions keep dropping out, this would be devastating for the local economy: last year 455 productions filmed in Georgia, while 900,000 people worked in the state entertainment industry. And remember: Disney currently owns a huge chunk of that industry.