A big budget “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” production starring Dwayne Johnson is stirring controversy in the visual effects community because of a decision by co-producer MGM to base all the post-production in the United Kingdom, according to insiders on the movie.
With the $110 million budget for the film already inching up, MGM has told bidders on the project directed by Brett Ratner that $30 million of post-production needs to take place in the United Kingdom.
A spokeswoman for MGM said the studio had no comment. A production executive close to the film said only that the film “is a European production, so everything is being done in Europe.”
The decision was presumably because the U.K. has a generous tax incentive, which in this case would yield a $6 million credit back to MGM. The visual effects business, about $18 million of work,...