Director Nick Loeb granted an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter to provide an update on the progress of his secretive film about the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case.
But with a cast that includes some high-profile conservative actors, Loeb is getting push-back from both individuals and institutions opposed to him creating a pro-life movie.
What kind of push-back?
Loeb told The Reporter that he and his production partner, Cathy Allyn, have not disclosed the true name of the film — out of worry that they would have trouble finding shooting locations. Turns out, according to the team, their concerns were valid.
When they made the request to film at Louisiana State University, Loeb said, "we were told we were rejected due to our content, even though it will be a PG-rated film. They refused to put it in writing, but they told us on the phone it was due to content."
After one day of shooting at Tulane, the school shut down their production when the university's newspaper reported that the film, dubbed "1973," would express the pro-life perspective of the Roe v. Wade decision and what led up to it. Loeb is an alumnus of Tulane.
The Tulane Hullaballo's story quoted individuals both for and against "1973" being filmed on the school's campus. But in the end, Tulane and LSU both refused production citing logistical issues.
A number of local actors have jumped ship once they found out the film had a pro-life bent. Crew members also left when they found out about the perspectives in the production, with an electrician for "1973" quitting on spot and telling Loeb to "go f***" himself because she refused to be involved.
Conservative actors Jon Voight, Stephen Baldwin and Stacey Dash star in the film, and co-executive producer Dr. Almeta King will make a cameo appearance. Filming began June 15 in New Orleans.
Further attention was brought to the production in past months by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Breitbart.com and others, following reports that Facebook temporarily blocked Loeb's Roe v. Wade film from crowdfunding.
On the film's Facebook page, the feature is referred to as "A true story of the most corrupt court case in history that led to the murder of 60 million babies."