Backlot: Made in Utah
From “Thelma & Louise” to “127 Hours,” Hollywood has had a longtime love for the Beehive State. Now lawmakers are stuggling to save the state’s incentives program.
In September, after enduring months of rejections from Hollywood studios obsessed with high-concept blockbusters, director Lawrence Kasdan had finally secured $5 million from Minneapolis-based independent finance company Werc Werk Works to shoot Darling Companion, an intimate dramedy about a pair of empty nesters (Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline) whose lives are thrown into turmoil when the husband loses his wife’s beloved rescue dog in the mountains.
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