Netflix has issued a statement regarding its productions in Georgia following the state's controversial "Fetal Heartbeat Bill" which bans abortion after only six weeks of pregnancy, a term in which pregnancy is not always detected.
The bill has drawn nationwide scrutiny to Georgia, which is ranked among the top filming destinations in the world, inspiring some Hollywood studios and actors to call for boycotts of working in the state. Several Netflix productions, including The Liberator, Christmas on the Square, Holidate, season 2 of Insatiable and season 3 of Ozark are currently filming in Georgia, prompting Netflix to comment officially on the matter.
“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement (via Deadline). “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there — while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”
Netflix currently has numerous comic book based TV shows and films in development, including The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Raising Dion, End of the F***ing World, Umbrella Academy, El Vecino, American Jesus, Jupiter's Legacy, Daybreak, Locke & Key, Warrior Nun, October Faction, Super Crooks, and I am Not Okay With This.
In addition to that, Netflix also owns MillarWorld - which publishes comic books through Image Comics.
The bill is scheduled to go into effect in January 2020, but has already drawn legal challenges and is expected to face a battle in court to prevent its implementation.