The Times-Picayune is reporting that Warner Bros. may shoot the Martin Campbell-directed Green Lantern in New Orleans. The production was recently pulled out of Australia due to the rising Aussie dollar:
State film production officials issued their standard no-comment this morning (Oct. 19), a habit that speaks to the fragility of luring feature film productions, which aren’t considered a sure thing until cameras are on the ground. But an official at New Orleans’ fledgling Second Line Stages said he has been contacted by producers and that “Green Lantern” production offices could be set up in town as early as this week.
“The rumors are correct,” said Kevin Murphy, the manager of studio operations at the Lower Garden District facility. “We are working out the details, and we have a nonrefundable contract” to rent stage space to the production.
Murphy said his company’s contract with “Green Lantern” producers calls for the production to occupy Second Line’s sound stages in December, at which point crews would begin building sets. Principal photography would then begin in March and to continue through July or August.
There’s no word if this is just for a few scenes or the entire production. Warner Bros. also shot Jonah Hex in New Orleans.
Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds, is scheduled for a June 17, 2011 release.