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‘Mall Cop’ sequel seeks $4.3 million in tax credits


Richard Cartwright / Sony Pictures / AP

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.

CARSON CITY — A quick decision is expected on a $4.3 million tax break for Columbia Pictures to film “Mall Cop: Blart 2” in Las Vegas.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development conducted a public hearing in Las Vegas today on the first application from a 2013 law setting aside $20 million a year for tax credits to lure filmmakers to Nevada.

There was no opposition to the application.

The agency’s director, Steve Hill, will make a decision quickly on whether to approve the tax credits, said Brad Mamer, the agency's director of business development.

The credits can be used to offset such things as gaming, insurance and business taxes and can be sold to other companies.

Representatives of Columbia Pictures said the movie, starring comedian Kevin James, would employ more than 3,400 people. The cost of the film is estimated at $41.7 million, with 67 percent being spent in Nevada.

Filming is expected to begin in April and be completed in June.

The film portrays James as a security guard attending a convention in Las Vegas with his teen daughter. He ends up battling art thieves who kidnap his daughter, but he rescues her and thwarts the theft.

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