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Savannah Film Office: New movie coming not 50 Shades of Grey

Savannah Film Commissioner Jay Self Savannah Film Commissioner Jay Self

A major movie could be announced as soon as Thursday might be coming to downtown Savannah with a big name attached. 

The Savannah Film Office will not spill the details on who the star is or the name of the film.

The film office Commissioner Jay Self made the announcement Wednesday afternoon to the Downtown Business Association, saying the movie could bring anywhere from $5 to $10 million to the Savannah area economy. He said that is usual impact of a big budget movie.

But Self was tight lipped on what it would be, but he did compare it and the star to another major film in Savannah's movie history. 

"It's a huge star and the star is probably as recognizable as Forrest Gump and Tom Hanks. We can't announce anything at this time, but I promise you, you'll know when we can," he said. .

Self said the deal to bring a movie to film in the Hostess City is 99 percent done.

Speculation online was immediate after WTOC broke it on Facebook and Twitter on WTOC Don Logana and WTOC's Facebook page. Many guessed the new movie would be the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, which features Savannah in several parts of it's story.

However, Self told WTOC, it was not 50 Shades.

"No. It's not, but I'll tell you what it is when I can tell you what it is. I can tell you I'm excited," Self said.

The movie, according to Self, could bring in $250,000 a day for the 40 days it filmed in Savannah which is a total economic impact of as much as $10 million. That's compared to the six small budget films we've seen recently, all with budgets less than $5 million, which combined for a $12 million  boost to the Savannah economy.

"On a large feature film, they can spend up to $250,000 a day locally. That is a big investment. That is a big investment locally. A big investment on their part. So you have to make sure, you have to make sure things are planned and they are given cooperation they need to get their project done," Self said.

Self says residents and businesses downtown will also be given a heads up to if filming takes place in their neighborhood, for whatever this film may be.

"They're film and they're story is they're film and they're story and we let them tell that," he said.

However, while it may not be 50 Shades of Grey this time, the film is in pre-production, and filming in Savannah may not be out of the question. 

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