South Carolina's generous film incentives helped seal the deal:
South Carolina had been competing with two other states, including Connecticut, where incentives include a 30 percent rebate on all workers' salaries, Keeter said.
In South Carolina, film productions receive a 20 percent cash rebate for wages paid to South Carolinians hired as cast and crew. Workers from other states earn the companies a 10 percent rebate.
Also, the filmmakers wanted to get started sometime this spring, saying they didn't want to wait for Connecticut to "warm up."
Sorry, Nutmeggers! But hang tight -- global warming oughta iron all this out real soon.