Kevin James will be saving Sony Pictures some money when he takes his Segway to Vegas. Nevada today approved its first film tax credit application, and it’s going to Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Eric Preiss, Director of the Nevada Film Office, said the production “will receive $4.3 million in tax credits provided that the filming takes place in Nevada and that production costs are in line with those proposed in the application, along with other qualifying criteria.” The Silver State enacted its inaugural production tax credit program nine months ago, with projects that shoot at least 60 percent in-state and spend $500,000 to $40 million there being eligible to earn a transferable tax credit worth 15%-19% of their in-state qualified expenses up to $20 million. Mall Cop 2‘s application for a Certificate of Eligibility for Transferable Tax Credits was approved following a public hearing last month. Preiss said the Nevada Film Office will hear three additional applications for tax credits on April 14, but he didn’t name the projects.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony is rounding up more familiar faces to join Kevin James in Sin City for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The sequel to 2009′s hit comedy will see Blart attending a security guard expo in Las Vegas with his daughter, where he’s mocked by casino security until he helps them take on a group of dangerous art thieves. In addition to SNL‘s Molly Shannon, who is in negotiations for a co-starring role, Wizards of Waverly Place‘s David Henrie, who appeared in Grown Ups 2, has been cast as Lane, a charming valet attendant whom Blart’s daughter Maya develops a crush on. Raini Rodriguez is in negotiations to reprise her role as Maya. Eduardo Verastegui (Bella) will play a Vegas hotelier whose hotel becomes a heist target. Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry) has been cast as one of Blart’s security guard rivals. And James’ brother, comedian Gary Valentine (The King of Queens), is set to play a sympathetic fellow security guard. James, Henrie, and Verastegui also co-star together in the upcoming WWII dramedy Little Boy. Andy Fickman is directing Mall Cop 2 from a script by James and Nick Bakay, who wrote the first pic. James, Adam Sandler, and Todd Garner are producers on the Happy Madison production, which films in Las Vegas in April. Henrie is repped by Untitled Entertainment and ICM. Rodriguez is repped …
Molly Shannon has been tapped as the female lead in Bambi Cottages, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot from creator Brian Gallivan, Sony TV and Will Gluck‘s studio-based Olive Bridge Productions. She also is in negotiations for a co-starring role in the feature Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The untitled ABC project (aka Bambi Cottages) centers on an overworked father dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages but rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. SNL alumna Shannon will play his deadpan wife Cathleen, an exhausted but loving mother. Gallivan is exec producing with Gluck and Richie Schwartz. Shannon, repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment, is coming off an arc on HBO’s comedy series Getting On and an Emmy nomination for Enlightened. She just wrapped The Affair opposite Maria Bello and next will be seen in the Sundance indie Life After Beth. Earlier this season, Shannon was attached to topline and produce a mother-daughter comedy project, which was set up at Fox.
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