Georgia's recently-passed “heartbeat” bill is leading the Walt Disney Company to consider pulling out of the state completely, according to CEO Bob Iger. Iger told Reuters that it would be "very difficult" to continue filming in Georgia if the bill becomes law.
"I rather doubt we will," Iger said. "I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully."
Marvel Studios alone has filmed seven movies in Georgia over the past four years: Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame.
If the law, which is scheduled to take effect in January 2020, does go on, “I don’t see how it’s practical for us to continue to shoot there,” he added.
The law is expected to be challenged in court, but Kemp mocked the Hollywood boycott earlier this month. “We’re elected to do what’s right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do. We are the party of freedom and opportunity. We value and protect innocent life — even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk," Kemp said.
Disney has set a precedent for boycott activism in the state in the recent past — threatening in 2016 to pull its extensive film work from Georgia alongside Netflix after the state proposed a religious liberty bill that allowed refusal of service to LGBTQ people.
In addition to its film production, Disney has numerous other business interests in Georgia including ABC affiliate stations, Disney Stores, and ESPN's interests in filming sports in the Peach state.