The state of California’s film commission has announced a $20.2 million subsidy for Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated, rumored “final” film. The movie, with a working title of “The Movie Critic,” is said to revolve around the life of Pauline Kael. This project is among the 16 films selected to receive state tax credits in the latest allocation.
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California allocates a yearly budget of $330 million in state subsidies for film and TV productions, aiming to incentivize and support filmmaking within the state. In the tax credit application, Tarantino’s film is simply identified as “#10,” reflecting the director’s statement that this will be his tenth and final film.
Quentin Tarantino expressed his enthusiasm for shooting in California, where his filmmaking journey began. He stated, “I love shooting in California. I started directing movies here, and it is only fitting that I shoot my final motion picture in the cinema capital of the world. There is nothing like shooting in my hometown; the crews are the best I’ve ever worked with, and the locations are amazing. The producers and I are thrilled to be making #10 in Los Angeles.”
Additionally, the California Film Commission granted a $20 million subsidy to an unnamed Netflix project and $20.7 million to a Sony film tentatively titled “Under My Skin,” rumored to be a biopic of Frank Sinatra.
Thirteen independent films were also awarded tax credits ranging from $646,000 to $2.5 million. It’s important to note that these tax credits will only be granted after the productions are completed.
Film production worldwide has faced disruptions due to strikes by the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA. The tax credits issued on Friday indicate a promising resurgence of California-based production once the strikes are resolved.
Notably, Quentin Tarantino’s previous film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” also received $18 million in California tax credits.
Here is the full list of tax credit recipients:
“A Big Bold Beautiful Journey,” $2,505,000
“Agent Plus,” $1,072,000
“Boys Club,” $959,000
“Good Luck, Have Fun, Don’t Die,” $2,500,000
“Health & Wellness,” $1,470,000
“International Gangster,” $893,000
“Quadir’s Redemption,” $908,000
“Saturn Return,” $1,047,000
“Seven Days to Butterfly,” $1,081,000
“Under My Skin,” $20,687,000
“Untitled Netflix Project,” $20,000,000