American actor Will Smith and fellow director Antoine Fuqua decided to move the production of their huge slavery-era film, “emancipation” or “emancipation” from Georgia, in protest at the state’s controversial new voting restrictions.
This comes amid numerous economic fallout that followed Georgia’s Republican governor Brian Kemp and the GOP-controlled state legislature’s decision to pass new regulations that critics say amount to voter suppression and are aimed at reducing the turnout of people of color.
The new laws follow former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, and after Georgia voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in decades.
The new rules shorten the duration of absentee voting, require voters in absentia to prove their identities, limit the use of designated boxes, and make it a crime to distribute free food or water to voters in line.
“We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts retroactive voting laws designed to restrict voter access,” filmmaker Fuqua said in a joint statement with Smith, lamenting that they had to “move our film production business from Georgia to another state.”
The film, which was scheduled to begin filming on June 21, in which Will Smith plays “Peter”, a person who escapes the injustice of slavery from Louisiana in the hope of traveling north to freedom.
Fuqua will direct the film, based on a script by writer William college.
Behind the film are Fuqua Films and Smith’s Westbrook media, which was sold to Apple Studios in a deal reportedly worth 1 120 million.
It is unclear where the filming and production work will move, and whether Smith and Fuqua’s decision will put pressure on other film and television production companies to stop filming in Georgia.
In recent years, the state has become a major centre for artistic production, with large companies filming parts of their work there, owing to the generous incentives they offer.
Some media companies have criticized Georgia’s new voting restrictions, and filmmakers and representatives have vowed to boycott film and television production in the state as long as the new voting laws take effect.
Major Georgia-based companies, such as Delta and Coca-Cola, have condemned the law, and the Major League Baseball Association has chosen to move the season-ending All-Star game from Atlanta.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Starbucks CEO melody Hobson, and others have urged top executives to join a public lobbying campaign on the state’s legislation.
“Liberation “is a film based on a true story, about a person named Peter who was enslaved, tortured and flogged, freed from a Southern farm and joined the Union Army.
In 1863, photographs of Peter during a medical examination to enter the Army emerged, one showing his bare back, torn from the skin he received on the farm where he was enslaved. Have inspired photo of free blacks to join the army and fight for the Union.