Because of the steep abortion law of the US state of Georgia, “it will be difficult to continue” the shooting of Disney movies in the state, “the BBC’s news director said.
“Many people who work on our productions do not want to shoot in the state. We need to take their needs into account,” Bob Iger said.
Significant tax breaks attract many big productions to Georgia, including the Black Panther and the Revenge of the End: Game of the End.
Georgia’s Republican governor Brian Kemp signed a so-called “heartbeat law” in May, which only allows interruption after the sixth week of pregnancy if the mother’s life is in danger.
The law is expected to come into force on January 1, unless court decisions are made.
The law in Georgia has caused enormous outrage at Hollywood. The Netflix streaming service provider said it was “rethinking” the state’s planned work.
Film stars, including Amy Schumer, Ben Stiller, Christina Applegate, and Alec Baldwin, wrote to the governor informing him “they are doing everything in their power to bring film works to countries that are safer for women”.
Actress Kristen Wiig, a writer, producer, affirmed CNN and moved her new film to another state. Amazon’s new production and The Power are no longer looking for locations in Georgia.
Jason Bateman, two of Georgia’s series, Ozark and The Outsider star, told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m not going to work in Georgia or any other state that is so shamefully damaging women’s rights”.
“We are now examining the situation very carefully. I don’t see why we should continue our work here,” said Bob Iger.
Disney’s withdrawal would be a big blow to Georgia, where more than 90,000 people work on film and television productions, attracted to the state by a tax credit of up to 30 percent.