Jackson, Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant, film director Tate Taylor and state officials announced Monday that a movie about music legend James Brown will be filmed in Mississippi.
Taylor, a Mississippi native, directed and wrote the screen play for The Help, which was also filmed in Mississippi.
The movie is currently untitled.
"Not only am I excited to bring such economic stimulus to my state, but also to showcase our beautiful Mississippi to the world," said Taylor. "Every nook and cranny of our state is visually unique in its own way, and as Mississippi was an undeniable character in The Help, it will be even more so in this film about James Brown. With continued hard work by all Mississippians, I foresee many productions planting a flag here in the future."
Locations in Jackson and Natchez will be used. Filming will take place during a 60-day period, with an additional 10-14 weeks of pre- and post-production.
The producers say they have committed to working with the state’s WIN Job Centers to hire extras and qualified crew members.