“Revolution” is now in pre-production for its second season, but will be starting in a new home for the third time.
In a letter to local crew members based around Wilmington, showrunner Eric Kripke announced that production for the NBC show is going to move from North Carolina to Texas.
“This is not a decision that was made easily or taken lightly,” Kripke said in the letter, which was obtained by Wilmington’s StarNews. “We agonized over it. And we really regret losing such a terrific crew. Seriously.”
The show moved to Wilmington after shooting its pilot in Georgia. North Carolina provided a lot of wooded outdoor locales, essential to the transient nature of the show, and a need to create a world dead to power beyond that which is political in nature.
According to the StarNews, the primary problem the show has had is the lack of locations available. Because of the show’s tendency to move around, different locations are needed on a regular basis, so moving might be more a norm than an exception.
However, a lot of the reason might be financial too. Texas offers a generous film incentive package, including rebates on up to 17.5 percent of the spending a production does in the state, or just over 29 percent of wages paid to Texas workers. Texas also offers upfront sales tax exemptions for items purchased or rented for production, as well as refunds of the 6 percent state occupancy tax for hotel rooms occupied for more than 30 consecutive days.
North Carolina, on the other hand, has a much more simplistic system, offering a 25 percent tax credit for productions.
“Revolution” not only employed about 300 people to work on the show — many of them locals — but it also used area residents as paid background extras as well.
“Revolution” moves to Wednesdays on NBC next fall, joining “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and the new series “Ironside.”