New York is an integral part of the Marvel Universe, but no other character is as ingrained in the city and state as much as Spider-Man. That’s why it was great news to hear that Marc Webb was shooting all of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ in New York, specifically in Brooklyn and Long Island. Not only is it a plus to shoot in Spidey’s home state for continuity’s sake, but everyone involved from the studio to the citizens get some pretty sweet things out of the deal. The production, which is being touted by Deadline and New York governor Andrew Cuomo as the state’s biggest film production ever, is getting some awesome tax incentives while creating over 3,500 jobs.
According to president of Production Administration for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group Gary Martin, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ will mark the first time that an entire Spider-Man movie was shot in the state of New York. Previous versions of Peter Parker’s story swapped out the towering buildings of the concrete jungle for sets in Los Angeles, but not this time around. Martin also goes on to mention the benefits of keeping Spidey in the Empire State:
“By shooting the film in New York, we are able to streamline our production needs and realize enormous benefits and efficiencies as a result of the state’s motion picture tax incentive program.”
Not only will the film employ numerous people to build sets and act as extras during the 150 day shoot, but several local businesses are being tapped to provide food, equipment, and housing for the production. Last year, as a result of the state’s tax breaks, 134 projects came to New York and spent roughly $2.2 billion, which is great for the state’s economy.
With tax incentive programs like Governor Cuomo’s popping up all over the east coast in places like New York and Pennsylvania, it’s no wonder that Hollywood is popping up more frequently outside of California.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, and Chris Cooper is set to hit theaters in 3D on May 2, 2014.