Production of Universal Pictures’ The Fate of the Furious contributed over $65 million to Georgia’s local economy, benefiting a wide array of local businesses across a number economic sectors, according to new data released from the studio. The film also employed over 1,600 local workers, who took home more than $25 million in wages.
Universal’s The Fate of the Furious, in theaters beginning April 14, is the latest installment in the ever-popular Fast and Furious series. Previous films in the series, including Furious 7, have also called Georgia home during production and boosted the state’s economy.
The production of The Fate of the Furious spent nearly 200 days in Georgia. A significant portion of the production’s investment supported a wide array of in-state vendors, including numerous small businesses, such as:
- Over $17.6 million on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
- Over $4.3 million on hardware and lumber supplies.
- More than $3.2 million on lodging.
- Over $2 million on catering, bakery goods and other food items.
- More than $2.7 million on transportation, including truck and car rentals.
MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd stated: “Not only does this film carry on a popular series, The Fate of the Furious exemplifies the incredible economic benefits the film industry brings to a state. Thanks to Governor Nathan Deal and the State Legislature, Georgia’s competitive production incentive program has allowed the state’s motion picture and television industry to flourish. Their work significantly benefits local workers and businesses, as well as audiences everywhere.”
Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film Office Lee Thomas said: “Georgia was home to Fast Five and Furious 7, and we were thrilled to welcome them back for their eighth installment with Fate of the Furious. The production hired hundreds of local film crew and actors, they supported our local business, and created more than a hundred million dollars in economic impact in Georgia. This film also creates the opportunity for Georgia’s beautiful landscapes and diverse film locations to be seen by millions of people across the globe.”
IATSE Local 479 President Raymond L Brown Jr. said: “The production of The Fate of the Furious had a huge impact on the artists and technicians that call Georgia home. Hundreds of IATSE Local 479 members were employed on that project alone. Georgia has become the template for successful motion picture incentives. This is due in no small part to the combined efforts of the State of Georgia, City of Atlanta and the Unions that train and provide qualified motion picture and television artists and craftsmen. When everybody works towards a common goal, the outcome is always positive. This has truly been a team effort and the proof of that success can be seen all over the state as the motion picture infrastructure continues to explode. Hard work and forward thinking make for a winning combination.”
For a behind-the-scenes look at The Fate of the Furious, click here.