"Townies," an upcoming comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, is giving some comic relief to Los Angeles.
The Universal Pictures movie, in which Rogen plays a regular family man whose life is upended by the raucous behavior of his frat boy neighbor (Efron), has been lighting up local feature production.
The timing couldn't be better for L.A., where location filming for feature films dropped nearly 12% in April compared with the same period last year after a 26% surge in the first quarter, according to data from FilmL.A. Inc., which handles film permits for the city and the county.
"Townies" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" from Disney-owned Marvel Studios are among the few high-profile movies shooting locally, with most major studio movies shooting in Georgia, North Carolina and other states with richer film incentives than California's.