Report: Cleveland beats Buffalo for 'Draft Day' movie starring Kevin Costner
Jen Steer, newsnet5.com
5:54 PM, Mar 5, 2013
9:38 AM, Mar 6, 2013
CLEVELAND - Kevin Costner will play a fictitious Cleveland Browns general manager in a movie shooting in Cleveland, The Buffalo News reported on Tuesday.
The film was set to be based on the Bills, but the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission said they couldn't compete with Ohio's tax credits.
"In the end it was an economics thing and the movie company really decided that it had to go for a better deal and that ended up being in Cleveland," said Tim Clark with the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission.
"I feel the worse for the Buffalo Bills, because they worked real hard to convince the film company that Buffalo was the place to shoot this, and that Buffalo was America's team," Tim Clark told The Buffalo News.
President of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission Ivan Schwartz had no comment when NewsChannel5 contacted him Tuesday evening.
Thanks to Ohio's Motion Picture Tax Credit movies like "The Avengers" and "Alex Cross" were shot in and around Cleveland. That funding has been doubled for the coming year.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" starts shooting this spring and will include a chase scene along the Cleveland Shoreway.