AMC, creators of 'The Walking Dead', could pull production out of Georgia over 'heartbeat bill'

Friday, May 31, 2019

Scene from the AMC series, 'Fear the Walking Dead'

(WRDW/WAGT) -- AMC could be the next major Hollywood company pulling out of Georgia if the new abortion law goes into effect come January.

In a statement released to Hollywood news outlet "The Wrap", the network behind "The Walking Dead" says it will "re-evaluate" its relationship with the Peach State.

“If this highly restrictive legislation goes into effect, we will reevaluate our activity in Georgia,” the statement said. “Similar bills – some even more restrictive – have passed in multiple states and have been challenged. This is likely to be a long and complicated fight and we are watching it all very closely.”

AMC's hit zombie apocalypse-themed show -- now on its tenth season -- famously uses Senoia, Georgia for filming.

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Other Hollywood companies such as Disney and Netflix are also thinking of pulling production from Georgia after the "heartbeat bill" was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in early May.

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The law seeks to outlaw abortions for women after 6 weeks, which is usually the time a heartbeat from a fetus is heard on an ultrasound.

Georgia's generous tax incentives have lured hundreds of productions to the area in recent years. Most famously, many of Marvel's superhero movies film around the Atlanta area.

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