Photograph by Matt Walljasper
It’s time for another Hollywood of the South filming update—we’ve caught glimpses of numerous stars around Atlanta this month and learned of several huge A-listers arriving soon. We’ve also decoded a new collection of filming signs to help track those yellow roadside guideposts. Let’s get to the good stuff:
Last month, we hinted at Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (T2P), which began production shortly after our update. Now that it has been filming, we’ve rounded up where fans have been able to spot Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Atlanta-native Chloë Grace Moretz, and even Selena Gomez, who came in for a day of filming. The sequel will bring Rogen’s and Efron’s characters together to team up against an unruly sorority house. Neighbors 2 signs were posted at North Peachtree Road and Cotillion Drive at the start of the month, then spotted in Marietta off of Roswell Road until September 7. Filming there took place near Marietta Square. OTP filming continued with a basecamp spotted near Perimeter Mall. Kirkwood also saw some Neighbors 2 action with signs plopped on Rogers Street for September 10. That same day, additional shots were filmed in the movie’s production office. Last week, T2P signs cropped up in Stone Mountain, and more recently, it looks like production might be moving to Inman Park.
Mother’s Day (FALCON) has also ramped up production this past month. The Jennifer Aniston/Kate Hudson/Julia Roberts holiday-centric film has been in a few interesting areas across metro Atlanta. During the last week of August, after finishing up in Poncey-Highland, the cast and crew shot in Piedmont Park. They finished August in John’s Creek, filming at Workout Anytime on the corner of Haynes Bridge and Old Alabama Roads, as well as in Peachtree Corners at the Sprouts on Peachtree Parkway. September started ITP for the production, with a basecamp spotted near 17th and Spring Streets. More signs appeared on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross on September 10. Now, look for Mother’s Day in Decatur off of Scott Boulevard. They’ll be filming down there until close to the end of the month.
Hot Summer Nights (HSN), an independent drama, flew in under the radar to North Georgia’s filming scene this month and brought Thomas Jane, who you might remember from HBO’s Hung or the Frank Darabont film The Mist (which featured several members of The Walking Dead cast). Hot Summer Nights will tell a coming-of-age story of a boy spending a summer in Cape Cod. Production shot in Monroe during late August, Chastain Park in early September, and in Stone Mountain last week.
On the television front, Sleepy Hollow (SH) continues to shoot its third season. On September 8, crews set up a basecamp in Buckhead at the Gold Room for filming in Miami Circle. On September 11, they took over Lawrenceville Square.
Containment (1159) has been spending a lot of time in south downtown at the old Norfolk Southern headquarters. We’ve also seen the show’s familiar shipping container barriers near Turner Field on Georgia Avenue. Jason Jones’s The Detour (DS1) shot near West Marietta Street and Brady Avenue on the Westside, and Fox’s reality program Home Free (HF) was spotted in Cumming on September 13. The Walking Dead (SF) has even shot a few scenes outside of Senoia’s Alexandria Safe-Zone set. Last week, cast and crew were observed working in Griffin.
NBC’s Game of Silence (GOS) was busy in late August, filming at the Horseradish Grill in Buckhead on the 23rd, the Forum on Peachtree Parkway the next day, and near Park Avenue Baptist Church, in the shadow of Grant Park, on August 27. More recently, we saw the production in Brookhaven on September 10. The made-for-TV Dolly Parton biopic, Coat of Many Colors, also airing on NBC this winter, has wrapped in Covington. We saw production in Covington’s town square and at Gaither Plantation.
On Wednesday, Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, and Laurence Fishburne will begin production. Sadly, expect this one to not stray too far from the studio since it’s a sci-fi film set in space. Next month, Ed Helms will return to work in his hometown, along with J.K. Simmons, Owen Wilson, and Ving Rhames for Bastards. We’ll also get to see Daniel Radcliffe for Young Americans.
Oh, and Academy-Award winning director Clint Eastwood, along with the nicest guy in Hollywood, Tom Hanks, will be coming to Atlanta for Sully, a film about Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, sometime in the upcoming months. We’ve also received word that after Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 films at Peachtree City’s Pinewood Studios, Thor: Ragnarok will be the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film to have an Atlanta connection. With so many celebrities crawling around, you’re bound to run into somebody. If you don’t have any luck near sets, you could always try the restaurants. Happy hunting!