SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A government agency says New Mexico has received $394,000 for its share of earnings on a film that got an interest-free loan from the state.
The payment came from the film, “The Book of Eli,” which starred Denzel Washington.
State Investment Council spokesman Charles Wollmann said Tuesday the payment was received last week and the state expects to get more money as the film earns revenue from cable television showings and other sales.
The film received a $15 million loan in 2008 and must repay it next year. The loan was the last made by the state for a film shot in New Mexico.
It’s the second time the state has shared in profits for films with no-interest loans. The state got $500,000 from the comedy, “Employee of the Month.”
Directors of the New Mexico production The Book of Eli, brothers Allen and Albert Hughes, have announced they will undertake the live action adaptation of the graphic novel “Akira”.
Scripted by Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby (Iron Man) the post-apocalyptic saga centers around Kaneda, the leader of a biker gang who must stop his friend, the deadly Tetsuo from his own insanity to save the lives of all around them.
The ’82 novel has already been a cult success as a feature length anime film directed by author Katsuhiro Otomo in ’88. The new film is already set to be one of two installments.
Now who does post-apocolyptic better than NM? Here’s hype-perbole, hoping the bros will be back with their Akira.
Sure he’s got the Golden Globe…but will Jeff Bridges take the Weed?
Whether you fancy a dashing Denzel from The Book of Eli, Avatar gravatar Sam Worthington, Irish stud Colin Farrell, Transformers hero LeBeouf, Goat Staring Clooney, defunct Spiderman Tobey, Donnie the Dark Jake, high kicking Jackie, or 300′s Gerry Butler…
Each of them have been here and filmed or released a New Hollywood New Mexico production in 2009. Now it’s time for you to take your pick of ‘em.
Vote for the Big Screen ladies of New Mexico here.
“In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. Empty cities, broken highways, seared earth—all around him, the marks of catastrophic destruction. There is no civilization here, no law. The roads belong to gangs that would murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water…or for nothing at all.
But they’re no match for this traveler.
A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli (Denzel Washington) seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It’s not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive—and continue.” -Hip Hop Press
In Europe they’re buzzing or huffing or whatever French and Italian people do with their gossip over Denzel Washington’s generosity in rescuing the financially broke New Mexico Boys & Girls Club of Roswell, New Mexico.
Emmy Award Winning Actress America Ferrer is to star in 2010′s “American Tragic“. 21 Grams’ Melissa Leo is also expected to star in the film to be shot in New Mexico.
As reported here, here, here, here, here, here and here, this is at least the seventh major motion picture on NM’s radar within the next calendar year.
Keeping on par to be the next movie capital of the United States, Green Jobs and a crack down on driving while cracked out and maybe the rest of the country will realize NM is part of the continental United States and the soon to be defunct USA Today will learn the difference between NM & AZ like the NY Times hopefully has.