Richardville: Michigan Botched $20M Film Deal

LANSING (WWJ) – Two big movies that were set to be filmed in Michigan are going elsewhere, and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville is blaming Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration for botching a $20 million deal with Disney and Marvel Films.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reported that Richardville, a Republican, is complaining that the Snyder administration, through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, mishandled negotiations and, as a result, two major contracts were lost.

“I have a bill that kind of defines new parameters for film credits,” said Richardville. “We negotiated, the administration did, far below those parameters, and we lost it. So, it’s a disappointment to say the least.”

Richardville said the MEDC actually forced Marvel and Disney to go to other states.

In a prepared statement, a spokesperson for the MEDC said they put forth the best deal possible.

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  • Mark Nocera

    suddenly a movie has become two movies are they multiplying between stations I might remind you folks that Disney is now sleeping with Marvel, one of their babies is The Avengers, that we lost, this spring, this latest film that we lost has nopthing to do with that

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