The Weinstein Company is the latest Hollywood outfit to announce their plans to boycott the state of Georgia as a production location if a pending bill that allows faith-based organizations in the state to deny services to LGBT individuals is passed. The bill, known as the Free Exercise Protection Act, was recently passed by a Republican-controlled legislature and is now awaiting the signature of Republican Governor Nathan Deal.
TWC joins a growing chorus of Hollywood studios and production companies who object to the act and intend to make their rejection of it known by moving productions away from the state. And that Hollywood fallout from the pending bill is only growing stronger. As Deadline noted, “Disney said that it would take its business elsewhere if Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs into law, and Time Warner urged lawmakers to intercede.”
The Weinstein Company’s official statement on the matter is as follows:
“The Weinstein Company will not stand behind sanctioning the discrimination of LGBT people or any American. We have plans in place to begin filming Lee Daniels’ new film in Georgia later this year, but will move the production if this unlawful bill is enacted. We hope Governor Deal will veto bill HB 757 and not allow sanctioned bigotry to become law in Georgia.”
That new film is the Richard Pryor biopic “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said,” which stars Mike Epps as Pryor, and also stars Oprah Winfrey, Kate Hudson and Eddie Murphy.
Check out a trailer from the latest TWC offering, “Regression,” below: