Producers of a Hollywood blockbuster filmed primarily in Texas have filed a lawsuit against the Texas Film Commission and its director, alleging state officials initially promised – but then denied – potentially lucrative film incentives.
The lawsuit against the commission and current director Heather Page was filed this week in Travis County District Court. It claims the film commission, part of Gov. Rick Perry’s office, determined that content in “Machete,” an immigration-related feature film, was “‘inappropriate’ or portrayed Texas or its citizens ‘in a negative fashion’” – even after staffers had reviewed and approved its script. The final script was not substantially altered from the version read by commission leaders, producers say.
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