Johnny Depp Could Come to WI for Filming

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Doyle's administration said Wednesday (today) the state is still negotiating to bring a new film starring Johnny Depp to Wisconsin.

Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton planned an announcement Wednesday morning that NBC Universal had committed to Wisconsin to film parts of the new movie "Public Enemies." But, the event was canceled at the last minute.

Doyle spokesman Matt Canter says the Department of Commerce is still working out final details of an incentive package for Universal.

If everything falls into place, it would be the first major production to come to Wisconsin since new tax incentives for the film industry took effect January first.

"Public Enemies" would start filming in March. It's directed by Michael Mann, a University of Wisconsin graduate.

Depp plays John Dillinger, the robber whose Midwest crime spree ended when FBI agents shot him to death in Chicago in July 1934.

Business leaders in Baraboo confirmed last month that a Mann representative had been in town.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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