Rumors regarding the shooting locations for Christopher Nolan’s followup to The Dark Knight have run rampant for the last six months. Last August, the internet came alive with rumors that the project could shoot in New Orleans, and then in October, ComingSoon.net reported that not only would filming on Batman 3 commence in April 2011, but the film’s location would indeed be New Orleans. Local and national publications ran with the news.
While Scene has been aware that some scouting in Louisiana has occurred, we’re also aware that nearly all studio projects at least consider if their project can be shot in Louisiana, a primarily financial consideration resulting from our State’s generous tax incentive programs for filmmakers. In an effort to contextualize some of the rumors, Scene reported last October that the project had not yet filed a pre-certification with the State film commission, a necessary step to earn film tax credits. Christopher Stelly, the State’s director of film & television, confirmed again today that no pre-certification has been filed and that his office has had no communication with the film’s producers or Warner Bros regarding The Dark Knight Rises.
In an interview just before Christmas, Scene asked a source for a status update on the project. Here are his comments:
Scene: Are we going to get to interview Christopher Nolan in a couple of months?
[Laughs] Someone took that story and ran wild with it. I know they are going to the U.K., L.A. and there will be a third city.
Scene: Is New Orleans at least in the running?
Well, I’m sure! Why not, right? You’ve guys have got great incentives and [we’ve had] positive experiences in Louisiana.
The source also emphasized that things were still very early, indicating that the script for The Dark Knight Rises had only been turned in a few weeks before. For those who are unaware how powerfully a script determines location, consider that a script rewrite made shooting The Lucky One in Louisiana a reality. A script rewrite also forced Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides to abandon plans to shoot at Raleigh Studios in Baton Rouge in favor of the United Kingdom.
The Dark Knight Rises is currently expected to begin filming in May 2011.