Disney CEO Bob Iger has warned that the entertainment giant may have to pull out of filming future movies in the state of Georgia, due to a proposed abortion law.
Iger interviewed with Reuters, just before the dedication for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, to explain that continuing filming in the Peach State might be “very difficult to do so” should the law pass and go into effect in January 2020.
“I rather doubt we will,” said Iger when asked about Disney’s continued presence filming popular movies such as Avengers: Endgame and Black Panther in Georgia. “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. Right now we are watching it very carefully.”
Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed the law on May 7, which would ban abortion from as early as six weeks into pregnancy. “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there,” Iger continued.
Georgia has been a popular filming location in recent years as the state offers a tax credit to production companies in an effort to incentivize the industry to move out east. The industry currently accounts for 92,000 jobs in Georgia alone, meaning Disney’s removal would cause a huge blow to Georgia’s local job market. According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), 455 productions were filmed in Georgia just in 2018 alone.
Some actors and producers have already boycotted working in Georgia in protest of the proposed law.