'Iron Man 3' to film in Miami
By Catherine Lackner
"Iron Man 3," the third in Marvel Studios' trilogy of war, terror and international arms deals featuring super-hero Tony Stark, will film in Miami later this summer or in early fall, said Graham Winick, film and event production manager for the City of Miami Beach.
"They'll be here for four to six weeks," he told attendees at CAMACOL's Miami Media and Film Market last week. "We hoped they'd stay longer, but once they surveyed the market, they saw there was not sufficient studio space in South Florida. They will primarily do location work here." The production was rumored to need a sound stage of at least 300,000 square feet.
"Iron Man 3," set for release in May 2013, stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Andy Lau, Ashley Hamilton and James Badge Dale, with Sir Ben Kingsley.
Filming is currently under way in North Carolina, a state that offers lucrative incentives and, along with Louisiana, has surged ahead in film production in recent years. Originally, Marvel Studios and its parent, Walt Disney Pictures, wanted to shoot the film in Michigan due to the tax incentives, said industry source IMDB.com. North Carolina captured the production by guaranteeing a $20 million tax credit.
In April, the Los Angeles Times reported that Marvel planned to co-produce "Iron Man 3" with
DMG Entertainment of Beijing, and would film part of the movie in China. The idea is to gain buy-in with Asian audiences, who are more likely to patronize a film that was made — at least partially — in their country. That shouldn't jeopardize Miami's role in the film, said a source close to the deal.
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