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Law & Order Spin-Off, Czech Tax Breaks, Hulu Seeks Subscribers, Akira Goes PG-13

by Cameron Carlson
June 25, 2010 8:29 AM
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The Czech Republic recently unveiled a brand new tax break. If you're developing content with a budget over $700,000 and are willing to team up with a Czech producer, get thee to Czechoslovakia. Deadline reports that the new 20% break is aimed at foreign filmmakers. Having shot such films as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Wanted, Casino Royale, and The Chronicles of Narnia in the Czech Republic, Hollywood has long taken the Eastern European nation seriously as a shooting location. Now there will be even greater reason to cross the pond and taste the original Budweiser (not the American hallmark now owned by Belgians). Speaking of which, could Europe be trying to undermine American Business? Could be if New Jersey (see Law and Order, above) or California are any indication of how the nation treats the entertainment industry.

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Law & Order: SVU is abandoning New Jersey, Deadline reports, scared away by a revised state budget that excludes a crucial entertainment tax credit. And Dick Wolf is also spinning off a new LA -based itineration of the hit franchise. Lucy Liu, James Van Der Beek, and Dylan Walsh are reportedly being tapped for roles on the new series, which follows detectives Rex Winters and TJ Jaruszalski. Poles in LA?...Who knew? How many Law and Orders and CSIs will audiences tolerate? So far so good.

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Hulu is going to begin charging for use this month. Or they're thinking about it. The Wall Street Journal reports that the popular online content provider is finalizing agreements with content owners. Subscribers would pay $10 per month to access additional content and use the service on iPads and other related mobile devices. This could prove to be a key litmus test for developing subscription-based online business models. Hulu made $100 million in March of last year, so if the subscription takes off, that number could spike.

The live-action adaptation of animation classic, Akira will probably be PG-13. As TOH predicted, development problems with Akira are emerging. Film School Rejects reports that the Hughes Brothers, attached to the Leonardo DiCaprio project for some time, are not too happy. Albert Hughes thought Akira would be R, and called Warner Bros.' demand for PG-13, "challenging." Although the film ostensibly follows reckless motorcycle gang teenagers through Tokyo, the teenagers kill people. Gruesomely. Not sure how this is going to play out. Good luck not alienating the fan base.

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