Movie's funding remains 'the big deal'
Filmmaker Ronald F. Maxwell has started spending a line of credit underwritten by Washington County taxpayers and businesses to start early work on the movie "Gods and Generals," local sources said."
Filming could start next year.
But Maxwell is still working on the biggest piece of the puzzle - getting $30 million to $40 million to cover production costs.
"That's the big deal. Money's going to control the whole thing," said Del. D. Bruce Poole, D-Washington.
Poole said Maxwell remains confident that he can get major backing for the movie, his second about the Civil War.
Maxwell, who was in Europe working on another historical film about Joan of Arc, could not be reached for comment.
He has started pre-production work on "Gods and Generals" using $47,000 of a loan from Farmers and Merchants Bank and Trust in Hagerstown, said Robert E. Ernst II, vice president for commercial lending.