Date: 22nd May 2019

Kristen Wiig Comedy 'Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar' Pulls Out of Georgia Over 'Heartbeat Bill'.

A feature film reunion of the creative team behind "Bridesmaids" will no longer shoot in Georgia, following the signing of anti-abortion legislation in the Hollywood-centric state.

A representative for Wiig also told Time Magazine that the film pulled out of the state after the bill’s signing. Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are co-writing, and the film is produced by Jessica Elbaum of Gloria Sanchez Productions, with Lionsgate distributing.

The bill seeks to ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, and has become a lightning rod for protest and outcry since Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed it in early May. The state’s generous 30% tax rebate for film and TV production has made it an optimal location for shoots, contributing an estimated 92,000 jobs and a thriving community of artisans and craftspeople.

"Barb and Star" is a buddy comedy about two best friends from the Midwest, who embark on their first ever vacation to Vista Del Mar, Fla. While away, they "soon find themselves tangled up in adventure, love and a villain's evil plot to kill everyone in town", according to an official synopsis. The movie will be directed by frequent sitcom helmer Josh Greenbaum.

Source: Press Release