'Fear the Walking Dead' moving production from Central Texas to Georgia, reports say

Fear the Walking Dead is reportedly moving production from Texas to Savannah, Georgia.

Maggie Grace of "Lost" stars in Season 4 of "Fear the Walking Dead" as new character Althea, who makes a hell of an entrance in a vehicle with a San Antonio connection -- a Bexar Country SWAT truck with plenty of firepower.
Maggie Grace of "Lost" stars in Season 4 of "Fear the Walking Dead" as new character Althea, who makes a hell of an entrance in a vehicle with a San Antonio connection -- a Bexar Country SWAT truck with plenty of firepower.Richard Foreman Jr./AMC

One of Central Texas' biggest TV productions is DOA. Fear the Walking Dead is reportedly moving production from Texas to Savannah, Georgia, . The smash-hit The Walking Dead spin-off has filmed since 2017, bringing with it hundreds of jobs.

As the Chronicle points out, Fear the Walking Dead isn't just a blow to Austin's creative economy, but to the small Central Texas towns where it filmed, including , La Grange, and Manor. Potential filming locations for its current season have also included Corpus Christi and Galveston. 

With a production budget that can sometimes hit $50,000 per hour, Austin Film Commission executive director Brian Gannon broke down the potential economic impact, telling the alt-weekly: “That money goes to a lot of local businesses in Austin — lumber yards, grocers, camera rental vendors, facilities, hotels, vehicle rental companies, the list goes on."

The reason for the departure is unclear. Texas Motion Picture Association executive director Paul Jensen muses it maybe due to a cut in the state's program that provides rebates to productions that shoot in the Lone Star State. This year, Texas lawmakers slashed funding for the (TMIIIP) to $45 million for 2022 and 2023, down from $50 million in 2020 and 2021.

It's also impossible to discount after a brutal legislative session, which created in the U.S., reduced voting accessibility for eligible voters, and to allow any Texan over 21 to carry a gun without a permit.

This reason doesn't entirely resonate, however, considering Georgia (where production is moving to) faced its own backlash earlier this year after its lawmakers passed a law that dramatically reduced access to voting. As a result, many films and even MLB's All-Star Game pulled out of the state in protest.