Gov. Perdue announces Iron Man 3 to film in North Carolina

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Robert Downey Jr. stars as billionaire industrialist Tony Stark aka Iron Man in the film, "Iron Man." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Zade Rosenthal)

October 27, 2011 2:10:37 PM PDT
Governor Beverly Perdue announced Thursday that the film Iron Man 3 starring Robert Downey Jr. will be shot in North Carolina.

"My top priority is creating jobs, and this film production will mean high-quality, well-paying jobs for North Carolinians," Gov. Perdue said in a statement.

The Governor's office said filming was expected to take 10 months and would have an estimated economic impact over $80 million while creating 550 crew jobs.

State officials said they spent six months negotiating with Marvel Studios to land the deal. Perdue's office didn't say what they offered, but according to published reports, North Carolina offered millions in tax incentives.

In 2009, Perdue signed a bill that offers filmmakers a 25 percent tax credit if they spent a minimum of $250,000 on production in the state.

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