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Sony wants to film ‘Mall Cop’ sequel at Wynn Las Vegas

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Kevin James starred in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and its sequel, which was the first film to receive a tax break after Nevada’s 2013 legislative session.

RENO — Sony Pictures is the first to formally apply for a tax credit under Nevada's new $20 million program intended to help bring the filming of more major motion pictures to the state.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Sony is requesting $4.2 million in tax credits to film "Mall Cop: Blart 2" in Las Vegas.

The sequel to the comedy features Kevin James as an overly earnest mall security guard at a Las Vegas casino resort. The producers want to film at the Wynn, primarily between April and June.

A public hearing on the application is scheduled Feb. 24 before the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

The applications says the film's budget is $46 million, including $28 million expected to be spent in Nevada. The producer anticipates creating 3,500 jobs.

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