LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today three projects – the Internet program Detroit Rubber, the feature film RoboCop and the web series The Castle – have been approved for film incentives from the state.
“All of these projects present an opportunity to showcase Michigan – whether through our filmmakers, our iconic locations, or the talented cast and crew we have here in the state,” said Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office. “We are seeing the rise of young entrepreneurs through Detroit Rubber and the return of RoboCop to Detroit, which is a testament to the range and diversity of projects we are supporting in the state.”
Detroit Rubber will follow Rick Williams and Roland “Ro” Coit, owners of the Royal Oak sneaker shop Burn Rubber. The show will highlight these Michigan entrepreneurs as they balance family and a growing business. Detroit Rubber will be released on the premium YouTube channel LOUD, produced and directed by Michigan native Christos Moisides.
In RoboCop the year is 2028 and OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology; their drones are winning American wars around the globe, and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. The film follows Alex Murphy and OmniCorp’s utilization of their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. Scenes shot in Michigan include various Detroit landmarks and other exterior shots.
The Castle is a multi series webisode comedy providing a ‘behind-the-scenes’ satire on instant celebrity reality shows. The project was filmed in Charlevoix.
All three projects were awarded a total of $396,101 on $1.4 million of approved production expenditures.