Tony Kaye's upcomingthriller Paranoia is relocating from Brazil to Louisiana, producer Michel Shane told delegates at a Louisiana production brunch yesterday (Sep 12).

Shane said production on the$20m project will begin in early 2006 at unspecified state-wide locations.

Currently out to casting, Paranoiacharts the experience of a compulsive obsessive woman who loses two days ofmemory and awakens to discover she has been accused of murder.

Shane and Tony Romano willproduce under their Romano Shane Productions banner with Yanko Dambouley. Theproject will be shot on HD and film to convey the protagonist's alternatingmental states.

Like many producers, Shaneis keen to benefit from Louisiana'sgenerous tax incentives, which have been upgraded to offer filmmakers enhancedtax credits after Jan 1 2006.

The assembly ofLouisiana-based producers, legislators and attorneys were eager to paint anoptimistic picture of Louisiana'sproduction opportunities as they respectfully sidestepped the devastatingeffects of Hurricane Katrina.

Among a raft of provisions,revised laws will entitle producers to earn a 25% tax credit on any Louisiana shoot greater than $300,000 in one year. These rateswill drop to 20% for projects certified on or after Jan 1 2010, dropping to 15% after Jan 1 2012.

Warner Bros' horror project TheReaping starring Hilary Swank resumed filming in Baton Rouge on Sept 6, andit is believed that two Disney projects, the Kevin Costner lifeguard project TheGuardian and Denzel Washington FBI thriller Deja-Vu, are also backon track.