$142.5 Million in Film Production Approved to Film in Utah

Utah Film Commission

Today, the Utah Film Commission announced the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) Board approval of 13 new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of $142.5 million with approximately 90% to occur in rural Utah. 

The productions are a mix of feature films and episodic series that will be distributed on various platforms, including Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, FX/Hulu, Nickelodeon, Paramount+, and for theatrical release. Among the approved productions is Kevin Costner’s period Western, Horizon: An American Saga; Joy to the World, a new feature from Jerusha Hess, co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite; and a new untitled limited series from Taylor Sheridan, creator of Yellowstone. All approved projects plan to begin production this summer, and filming locations are still being finalized.

In 2022, the Utah Legislature voted to increase the state’s film industry competitiveness and encourage film production in rural communities. “With the new targeted rural film tax credit, a ready workforce, and a business-friendly climate, Utah will introduce the film industry to new communities while supporting Gov. Cox’s goal of expanding economic opportunities throughout the state,” said Dan Hemmert, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.

The film industry is unique because it brings immediate economic impact to communities with minimal infrastructure. “Our film industry has had great success over the years. We’ve seen increased interest for filming in Utah from filmmakers and rural community stakeholders,” said Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission, a Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity initiative. “This new rural film incentive allows Utah to attract more film production and remain competitive.”

Below is a list of approved productions (in alphabetical order):

Alma Richards: Raising the Bar
Estimated Utah Spend: $879,108
Distribution: Independent
Locations: Utah County

Cub Scout
Estimated Utah Spend: $1,107,114
Distribution: TBD
Locations: Sanpete County

The Chosen: Season 3
Estimated Utah Spend: $1,400,327
Distribution: Self-Distributed
Locations: Utah County

Dark Highway
Estimated Utah Spend: $4,004,367
Distribution: Independent
Locations: Emery County, Juab County, San Juan County

Hondo
Estimated Utah Spend: $10,271,416
Distribution: Amazon Prime Video
Locations: Tooele County

Horizon: An American Saga
Estimated Utah Spend: $53,925,008
Distribution: TBD
Locations:  Emery County, Grand County, Kane County, San Juan County, Washington County

Joy To The World
Estimated Utah Spend: $8,300,000
Distribution: TBD
Locations: TBD

Recipe For Love
Estimated Utah Spend: $328,268
Distribution: Independent
Locations: Salt Lake County, Utah County

Retreat: Season 1
Estimated Utah Spend: $1,407,920
Distribution: FX/Hulu
Locations:  Emery County, Grand County, Tooele County

The Streak
Estimated Utah Spend: $183,500
Distribution: Independent
Locations: Salt Lake County, Weber County

Unnamed Green Beans Show

Estimated Utah Spend: $10,700,000
Distribution: Apple TV+
Locations: TBD

Untitled Movie
Budget: $9,966,336
Distribution: Nickelodeon
Locations: TBD

Untitled Taylor Sheridan Series
Estimated Utah Spend: $40,000,000
Distribution: Paramount +
Locations: Summit County, Wasatch County

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.