Illinois film industry generates $184 million in 2012

By WEEK Reporter

Illinois film industry generates $184 million in 2012

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn visited the Chicago set of the new blockbuster science fiction movie “Divergent” to announce that Illinois’ film industry generated a record $184 million in spending in 2012, resulting in more than 2,200 full-time equivalent jobs.

“Divergent,” a science-fiction action film set in a futuristic dystopia that is based in Chicago, began filming earlier this month at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios.

Based on the novel by Chicago author and Northwestern graduate Veronica Roth, the film is being directed by Neil Burger and stars Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ray Stevenson and Jai Courtney. The film production is expected to spend more than $30 million in Illinois while creating approximately 1,000 jobs.

Illinois’ film industry saw a record $184 million in spending in 2012, which topped the previous record of $161 million in 2010.

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