What’s filming in Atlanta now? The Suicide Squad, Ghost Draft, Blast Beat, Lovecraft Country, and more 

You could be lucky enough to run into Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, Chris Pratt, Yvonne Starhovski, Jordan Peele, or J.K. Simmons

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What's filming in Atlanta now?

Photograph by Myrydd Wells

It’s been a busy September here in the Hollywood of South. There are plenty of film and television projects (and celebrities) buzzing around. Here’s what we saw, where we saw it, and what those signs mean this month:

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad has just begun production at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville, with some of the earliest scenes shot there on September 24. Keep an eye out for this production next month, along with the film’s stars, Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Taila Waititi, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Pete Davidson  . . . yeah, there are a lot of big stars in this one.

Another new film this month, Ghost Draft (production code: BONEYARD), stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, and J.K. Simmons and is a science-fiction story about a future war in which humanity’s fate rests on one man’s ability to confront his past. Ghost Draft ended August by filming near Perimeter Mall on the 29th. We next spotted the film on September 9, when signs appeared off Campbellton Road near the Chattahoochee River. It filmed in a nearby residential area in South Fulton between the 10th and 13th. Crews returned to the area between September 16 and 17. On the 20th, filming occurred in Midtown. A World Cup match was shot at Mercedes Benz Stadium on September 23. Most recently, on the 24th and the 25th, crews were spotted in Midtown.

Blast Beat (BB), a Kickstarter-driven indie film, based on a 2015 short film of the same name, has begun shooting. The drama follows two Latino teens at the dawn of the millennium. Blast Beat filmed at Morehouse College on September 18 and 19. Crews worked at a residential home on Crestdale Circle in Dekalb County on the 21st. On September 22, a scene was shot in Midtown. Most recently, on September 25 and 26, filming took place in Stockbridge.

The third season of Cobra Kai (CK) is now filming in Atlanta. Between September 10 and 11, a flashback scene was shot at the old Landmark Diner Jr. on Cheshire Bridge. On September 16, 17, and 18, scenes were shot at the Riverside EpiCenter in Austell.

Also back for another season, BET’s American Soul (AMSO), about the early days of Soul Train, was spotted off of Piedmont Road on September 11.

Netflix is shooting a short reality series, Smoked (SMKD), revolving around the always wonderfully delicious concept of BBQ. So far, the show has filmed mainly in Covington, doing so on September 5 and 9.

Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams’ Lovecraft Country (RP) continued shooting this month. On September 11, signs were spotted in Douglas County. Interestingly enough, those signs were labeled 2U RP, most likely for the show’s 2nd Unit, which generally shoots supporting scenes, plates, and inserts. A basecamp was set up in Marietta at Marietta High School, near the square, from September 17 through 19. On the 23rd, filming moved down to Newnan.

Another holdover from last month, Charming the Hearts of Men (1964), starring Sean Astin, Anna Friel, and Kelsey Grammer, mostly stuck to Madison for filming. Crews were seen working there on September 3, 6, 7, 9, and 16th through 18th. On the 12th, however, the production was briefly in Athens.

Netflix’s Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters (TBH/326H/MCFLY) had signs up along Holcomb Bridge Road on September 6. The series was in Campbellton on the 18th. After that, until September 19, crews moved ITP to shoot along Cheshire Bridge Road. Most recently, the show was spotted at the West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center near Berkeley Lake.

Ozark (KRAZO) filmed in Duluth on August 29. The next day, it shot at a studio in Norcross. More scenes were filmed on soundstages on September 3. On the 11th, a scene was shot at an old gas station on Buford Dam Road and Shadburn Ferry Road in Buford. On September 26, the series was back in Norcross.

CBS’s MacGyver (EYE) shot in Marietta on August 29. The series then moved on the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers on September 5. Signs were then placed in Decatur at the corner of South Columbia Drive and North Carter Road on the 10th. On September 20, a scene was shot in Grant Park. On the 24th, crews moved out to Fairburn. Between September 25 and 26, filming took place in Acworth.

FOX’s The Resident (TR) filmed in Conyers on September 3, in Loganville on the 5th, and back in Conyers again on September 10. Nearly a week later on the 16th, the series moved ITP to shoot at the High Museum. The next day, a scene was shot in Duluth at the Infinite Energy Center. Since then, on September 19 and 26, filming has returned to Conyers.

The CW’s Dynasty (CROSS EYE) spent the bulk of the month shooting in-studio in Norcross, doing so on August 30, September 3, 5, 17, and 18. On the 8th, signs were up in Midtown at 10th Street and I-75. They led to the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel on West Peachtree Street, where the crew filmed until September 9. Between the 13th and the 16th, additional scenes were also shot in Suwanee. Most recently, on September 21, a basecamp was set up on Suwanee Dam Road.

Also filming this month, Coming 2 America: The Quest (QST) was spotted at Southlake Mall on August 28. Filming also took place at Rick Ross’s Fayetteville mansion on September 3. After We Collided (COLIN), the sequel to After, was spotted near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on September 8. Dwight in Shining Armor (DISA) filmed in Hiram on September 19. Black Lightning (SIGN) shot in-studio in Decatur on September 4, 5, 18, 19, 20, and 25. Legacies (LGC) was on Covington Square on September 11.

And finally this month, here are some new trailers for Doctor Sleep, Netflix’s Raising Dion, Zombieland 2: Double Tap, and HBO’s Watchmen—all locally filmed productions.

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