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Film producer says South MS has diversity and incentives

Producer Randall Emmett speaking to WLOX at a Shuckers game in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News) Producer Randall Emmett speaking to WLOX at a Shuckers game in Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Producer Randall Emmett of the film "Precious Cargo" said picking a location to shoot a film has a lot to do with the incentives.

"When Mississippi started their incentive, I like to go and try to build. I was in New Orleans probably the second movie ever that use the incentives. So I love Mississippi. It's been great. Biloxi's been great to us. The city has been great. There are great hotels, casinos. And you've got like water front and you've also got city. So it's just very diverse creatively when you make a movie," said Emmett.

Emmett is familiar with working in the south. He's been involved with films in Alabama and Louisiana. He said he and the actors are also familiar with the climate.

"The heat is a little brutal for most of them, especially summer time. But they have a job to do like we all do and they are pros," he said.

Emmett said incentives drew him to South Mississippi and the scenery.

"We explored the city and did some location scouting and really felt there was a lot of diversity. You get a lot, the Gulf Coast, the water, the beach. It's like Florida. There's a whole water life and then there's the city life," he explained. "The city really bent over backwards to accommodate us and that's a big thing."

The film he's producing currently in South Mississippi, "Precious Cargo" features key cast members Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

"Precious Cargo is just a fun action ride. It's exciting. It's Bruce Willis and a crew of guys trying to pull some heists off. You know? Everything that could go wrong, goes wrong," he explained. "The double crossing. It's just a really fun movie."

Though he didn't want to give too much away, Emmett confirmed there will be some chase scenes on the water.

The film is expected to be released March or April of 2016, however, he said the studio, Lionsgate will make the final call.

On Monday Emmett threw the first pitch at the Biloxi Shuckers game. His crew of 60 were in the stands watching.

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