New James Brown movie to be filmed in Mississippi

New James Brown movie to be filmed in Mississippi

JACKSON ­ Gov. Phil Bryant, film director Tate Taylor and state officials
announced today that an upcoming movie by Universal Pictures and Imagine
Entertainment on the life of musician James Brown will be filmed in

Mississippi native Taylor, director and screenwriter of The Help, which was
also filmed in Mississippi, will helm the James Brown project for Universal.
The movie is currently untitled.

³This announcement is very exciting news for our state. I am proud Universal
Studios has chosen to shoot this film in Mississippi, and I am even more
proud that Mississippi¹s own Tate Taylor will be the mastermind behind it,²
Gov. Bryant said. ³Under Tate¹s direction, The Help and its cast went on to
win numerous awards, and it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. I
have no doubt his creative spirit will once again deliver a top-quality

“Not only am I excited to bring such economic stimulus to my state, but also
to showcase our beautiful Mississippi to the world,² said Taylor. ³Every
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

Filming of the James Brown project is scheduled to take place in Jackson and
Natchez this fall over a 60-day period, with an additional 10-14 weeks of
pre- and post-production. The producers have committed to working with the
state¹s WIN Job Centers to hire extras and qualified crew members.

Figures from the Mississippi Film Office, part of the Mississippi
Development Authority¹s Tourism Division, show Mississippians received more
than $1.3 million in wages during the filming of The Help. Additionally,
nearly $7.2 million was spent in the state on the film¹s production. The
overall estimated economic impact from the film was $18 million – $20

³In addition to the excitement an announcement such as this generates, I am
equally as excited for the jobs and economic impact a project of this
magnitude will have on our state¹s communities,² said MDA Executive Director
Brent Christensen. ³Cast, crew and extras eat in local restaurants and shop
in local stores. They stay in hotels and rent houses and apartments and
cars. Much like The Help, this film will help spur economic growth in our
local communities and will once again position Mississippi as a prime
location for filmmaking.²

Additional details regarding the James Brown project will be forthcoming as
they are made available. In the meantime, to learn more about the
Mississippi Film Office, available film incentives offered by the state and
more, please visit