Photograph by Matt Walljasper
It’s getting hot out there, and while many of us are retreating into our air-conditioned homes or sprinting to the nearest bodies of water, our friends, the noble film crews, are hard at work propelling our city’s film industry to new heights. This summer, we’ve got a wide array of projects shooting in Atlanta. Here are the goods:
Felt (production code: BP) may have just wrapped, but before it did we spotted it all over town. The Mark Felt (aka The Washington Post’s “Deep Throat”) biopic brought Liam Neeson, Tony Goldwyn, Kate Walsh, and Maika Monroe into Atlanta. Crews shot downtown in early June before moving out to Hampton. On June 13, they returned downtown. The last few days of filming took the production out to Decatur’s prominent courthouse, then back to the government district at the Gold Dome.
Marvel has just begun production on Spider-Man: Homecoming at Pinewood Studios in Peachtree City. We haven’t seen any codes for the Tom Holland/Marisa Tomei superhero flick, but you can’t miss the massive basecamp at Grady High School. If you look closely around the school, you’ll see reused GRAPPA signage from Captain America: Civil War. Keep an eye out for this one in the coming months. Pro tip: Spider-Man takes place in New York, so look in Fairlie-Poplar, a frequent stand-in for East Coast cities. Oh, and don’t be surprised if Robert Downey Jr. drops in for a day or so of filming.
Fast 8 (CIPHER) started just as we released last month’s filming round up. Since its time at Krog Street Market when we last reported, signs have been spotted near the production’s studio in Doraville and in Cumming off of McFarland Parkway between June 11 and June 16. On June 19, the movie shot in Perry. Fast 8 is splitting time between here, Cleveland, New York, Iceland, and Havana, Cuba, so we might not have many more chances to bump into Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, and the myriad of other stars that make up this blockbuster.
A remake of the 1990 thriller/horror film Jacob’s Ladder (JL) has also been busy in Atlanta. The film, starring Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, and Nicole Beharie, ended May in Castleberry Hill after a little studio time near Chattahoochee Avenue. On June 3, the production was spotted on Courtland Street downtown. More filming took place the following week at Peachtree Center. More recently, crews worked just outside the Avondale MARTA station and near Emory’s Briarcliff campus.
Comedy Step Sisters (BGP), starring Megalyn Echikunwoke and Eden Sher, is also new this month. We’ve seen a Step Sisters basecamp at Blackwell and Canton Roads in East Cobb, additional shooting in Mableton on June 4, and signs near Juniper and 8th Streets in Midtown between June 8 and 9. The movie is about an African American sorority girl who must teach stepping to a group of white sorority girls in order to get into a prestigious law school . . . just go with it.
National Geographic Channel’s Killing Reagan (RAWHIDE), based on the Bill O’Reily book, moved from Emory’s Briarcliff campus in late May to Fairlie-Poplar on May 25. Once June began, crews moved to the Brookhaven MARTA Station. On June 2, the production shot in East Cobb. After a stint at the closed Emory Hospital in Smyrna, crews were back at Brookhaven’s MARTA station on June 7. Killing Reagan stars Tim Matheson, Cynthia Nixon, and Joel Murray.
The Vault (VAULT), a bank heist flick, has been in Alpharetta all month, working out of—you’re never going to guess—an old bank. A new IFC comedy series staring Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet, Brockmire (BRO), was at Coolray Field on June 17. Signs for BRO were also seen on Moreland Avenue on June 13. Stan Against Evil (Radical Media), another IFC comedy, shot in Douglasville and Lithia Springs on June 21. It stars John C. McGinley, of Scrubs fame. AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire (HCF) is wrapping up its third season and was spotted in Kirkwood off of Howard Street on May 25 and near Ashford Dunwoody Road between June 15 and 16. Rectify (RECTiFY) shot in Griffin during early June, and Jennifer Aniston’s Office Christmas Party (OCP) wrapped after shooting in Hiram on May 28. Also, if you make it out there, keep an eye out for Kata Mara, who is filming Leavey in La Grange.
And if you haven’t heard the news, Georgia is now tied for third place in film production. Worldwide. Right now, California and the United Kingdom are ahead of us, and Louisiana is our rival. Though soon enough, we’ll surpass Louisiana—their tax credits just aren’t what they used to be, and those credits are a big, nay, the only reason our industry is what it is. We’re even are poised to absorb some work from Texas, who also recently gutted their film incentives. Whatever the future may hold, we’ll keep you up to date with all of the Hollywood of the South’s movie business. Until next month, enjoy these trailers for the Atlanta-filmed All Eyez On Me, The Fundamentals of Caring, and Stranger Things.