Following the announcement from Netflix that it would consider no longer filming in Georgia if the state’s abortion law takes effect, Disney has now also weighed in.
CEO Bob Iger told Reuters that Disney would likely pull out of its operations in Georgia if the law goes into effect in 2020 as scheduled. He said it would be “very difficult” to keep filming there if that happens. “I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard,” he said.
“I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there” if the law takes effect, Iger said. Disney filmed some of its biggest movies in Georgia, including Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, and other Marvel box office juggernauts.
Iger also mentioned that it’s expected that Georgia’s abortion law will be challenged in court. “Right now we are watching it very carefully,” Iger said.
Netflix boss Ted Sarandos said earlier this week that the streaming giant behind shows like Stranger Things and Ozark would “rethink” its operations in Georgia if the abortion law takes effect.
Georgia is a popular place for film and TV productions, with a reported 455 productions taking place there in 2018 alone. The state is popular due to the tax credits that it provides, among other things.
While Netflix and Disney are holding off until more details come to light, The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano said recently that she would not film a new show in Georgia due to the abortion law. The Kristen Wiig comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar also recently announced it wouldn’t film in Georgia as planned due to the law.
In addition, JJ Abrams and Jordan Peele said they would donate profits from a new HBO show filming in Georgia to organizations working to fight the Georgia abortion law.