What’s Filming in Atlanta Now? Tupac biopic, Jennifer Aniston’s The Yellow Birds, and Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Keep an eye out for Winona Ryder, Jessie Usher, Gabrielle Union, Oprah Winfrey, and Shailene Woodley in Atlanta this month
Inside the Georgian Terrace lobby, a sign points the way to the True Memoirs of an International Assassin wrap party.

Photograph by Matt Walljasper

Happy holidays, fellow movie lovers! We got you a present—a new batch of production codes and filming information to take you into the new year. Right now, productions are winding down for winter break, but December was still jam-packed with on-location days around metro Atlanta. Here’s what we saw this month.

The newest production to join us follows on the success of this year’s Straight Outta Compton. All Eyez on Me (production code: AEOM) is a Tupac Shakur biopic staring relatively unknown actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. Things are just getting started with this movie, but we’ve already seen signs in Midtown on 10th and Spring Streets, in Douglasville on December 18, and this past weekend at the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont Roads in Buckhead.

Bravo’s pilot about a novelist-turned-professor, True Fiction (TF), was spotted at the beginning of the month at 3rd Street and Argonne Avenue before moving to Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven. For December 8-9, they transferred to Oxford College in Covington. December 11 brought signs to the intersection of Mt. Paran Road and Northside Drive. But the most high-profile scene shot so far came last week at the fabulous Fox Theatre. True Fiction stars Olivia Grant, Stephen Friedrich, and The Wire alumnus James Ransone.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (MS), a film based on the James Patterson novel of the same name, began filming immediately after last month’s update. They started at the Atlanta International School, where signs were placed as far away as the Lindbergh MARTA station. Crews finished November in Kirkwood near Rogers Street. Since then, they’ve been seen back at the International School, and on December 9, production filmed off of Irwin Street near Inman Park. Middle School stars Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, and Rob Riggle.

Jennifer Aniston is also back in Atlanta for her new movie, The Yellow Birds (TYB). The film, based on the Kevin Powers novel, follows two soldiers dealing with the darker side of warfare during the Iraq War. Aside from Aniston, the flick also stars Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, and Jack Huston. The Yellow Birds filmed in McDonough on December 11, then moved to Fort McPherson the next day.

Powers (SIC’EM) continues to shoot throughout town. On December 8, crews were curiously spotted in the vicinity of a Love Shack location off of Peachtree Parkway in Norcross. After that, production moved downtown. December 10 brought cameras up to Buckhead, and most recently, they were spotted near the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Last month, we reported on Powers cast member/Internet hero Wil Wheaton’s Atlanta adventures. He’s since returned home to California, but on the way out, we think the city might have broken him.

A Meyers Christmas (AMC) has also been busy. The Jessie Usher/Gabrielle Union/Danny Glover comedy finished November in Kirkwood, was spotted in early December in College Park, and most recently has been confusing Coweta County residents (who are used to The Walking Dead shooting) with their AMC signs outside of Newnan.

True Memoirs of an International Assassin (TM) wrapped in early December. One of their later on-location shoots took place downtown, with a basecamp off of Peachtree Center Avenue on December 1. The True Memoirs wrap party was held at The Georgian Terrace on December 12. Interestingly enough, to direct cast and crew to the party, the production team turned to the tried and true method of placing production signs both inside and outside the hotel (see the photo at the top of this article).

Stranger Things (ST) has switched codes on us since last month. The Winona Ryder Netflix series was spotted in Stockbridge in early December and at Emory’s Briarcliff campus on December 10.

Sleepy Hollow (SH) shot at the Old Rex Mill in Rex on November 20 and was in Conyers on December 8. More recently, they shot in Lawrenceville. Oprah’s Greenleaf (GL) plopped down some signs on Fulton Street last week, and The Vampire Diaries (LOC) shot a scene in Decatur just before Thanksgiving. The CW’s Containment (1159) worked at 256 Walker Street in Castleberry Hill from November 30 to December 3 and also had signs up on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Lee Street for over a week afterward pointing toward the area around Turner Field. Owen Wilson’s Bastards (LCP) wrapped on November 20 in downtown Vinings. Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s sci-fi film, Passengers (PLASS) was near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to film a VIP party scene on December 11.

We also had a couple of older productions come back for reshoots this month. Table 19 (T19), starring Anna Kendrick and Steve Carell returned to Buford on December 9. The Divergent Series: Allegiant (ELEMENT) was at the old GM/Lakewood Plant on McDonough Boulevard starting on December 19. And speaking of Allegiant, Part 2 has been renamed The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Look for that one to film in Atlanta next year. You can also look forward to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 filming in February, and yet another Spider-Man reboot will also shoot here. (Who else thinks there’s too many Spider-Men?) Expect January to be a little slow, but don’t worry, we’ll still have plenty of movies and TV shows produced in Atlanta in 2016!

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