‘Bloodline’ cancellation a blow to Florida’s film industry

Florida’s film industry said Thursday it was “saddened” that Netflix has pulled the plug on ‘Bloodline,’ adding that the show has been a “tremendous post card” for South Florida.

Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn in "Bloodline." CONTRIBUTED BY NETFLIX

Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn in “Bloodline.” CONTRIBUTED BY NETFLIX

In a statement posted on Twitter, Film Florida President Kelly Paige said  the show has been a boon for both the state’s tourism industry and the South Florida economy.

“We are saddened that Netflix announced the cancellation of Bloodline after Season 3,” Paige said. “Bloodline has brought riveting television to viewers while being a tremendous post card for the Florida Keys and South Florida region.”

The economic impact of the show’s first season and the tourists that it brought to South Florida totaled roughly $95 million, according to Film Florida. Season 1 resulted in more than 1,700 jobs and $9.4 million in state and local taxes, the organization added.

The show, which starred “Friday Night Lights” star Kyle Chandler and “Star Wars: Rogue One” star Ben Mendelsohn, is set to premiere its third season next year on the streaming service.

Florida’s film industry has struggled to compete with other states, including Georgia, where leaders have launched a strong tax incentive program to entice production companies to come to their state.