Good God! An explosive amount of news came out yesterday! I don’t know where to even begin! Hmmm, let’s start with the fun stuff! AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR [INSERT BILLOWING ECHO-Y VOICE] RUUUUMMOOOORS FROM THE LOT!
If you remember back in the blog for Marth 17th, I reported that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke was here scouting, but I had no idea which of the 5 projects in development she was working on next. Well, I did some more digging and put my ear to the ground. It looks as though she was here for AGE OF MIRACLES. The film is based on the Karen Thompson Walker best-selling novel of the same name. Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has adapted the screenplay. River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad will produce. According to a press release announcing Catherine’s attachment to the project (over a year ago mind you) Age of Miracles is set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth’s rotation mysteriously slows. It’s a suspenseful and romantic snapshot of one young girl’s adolescence, a poignant family drama, and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that define what it is to be human in a world that might just be ending. As for details, well my sources tell me that it is indeed coming and they are looking at a June start. That would mean offices would open fairly soon. With all that being said, I am still going to keep this in the rumor section for now. But if you are a fan of reading a book before you see the movie, I highly reccomend you pick up a copy.
More details are coming out about LOOMIS FARGO starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis. Not long ago rumors were flying about this comedy caper heading to Winston-Salem. However, my other sources are saying otherwise. The latest scoop is that the name has reverted back to ARMORED CAR and that it will indeed be shot here in Wilmywood. When? Well, my sources say that they plan on opening offices in May with a production start in July.
What you think I am done? Honey, I’ve been workin’ like a fiend trying to get you all the scoop. Let’s move on to recently wrapped SECRETS & LIES. Some said S&L was moving to Charlotte. Others said no, they are staying here. They are both correct. The latest Intel is that S&L would shoot here in Wilmywood to complete their 10 episode commitment, which means they could be back this summer. Then, after those ten or if they have a season two, they would move to Charlotte. They said have fully established locations they cannot leave behind within those first 10 episodes.
Holy Chiptole, I’ve actually got more scoop, but I am saving that for tomorrow! So what else is going on? Yesterday we announced FX’s HOW AND WHY has officially opened up offices at EUE/ScreenGems Studios. The pilot starring Michael Cera and John Hawkes is now accepting crew resumes. Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org with your position in the subject line.
Even though all that cool stuff is happening perhaps the BIGGEST news was the Impact Study that was FINALLY released yesterday! This is HUGE!!! The finding were exactly what we knew to be true, that Film=Jobs and NC gains from the industry being here.
“For every dollar of credit issued, the industry generated $9.11 in direct spending and contributed $1.52 in tax revenue back to North Carolina.”
“$164M in business revenue to more than 1,000 small businesses across the State.”
“The incentive has allowed North Carolina to maintain a permanent crew base, providing 4,259 jobs at an average wage of $66,000, which is over a third higher than the national average for private industry ($41,750).”
LOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few. Feel free to stop by and grab you one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens). Offices are open from 8:30am-5:30pm M-F. Please one sticker per person please. They will run out fast! Thanks!
MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK:
- CREW CALL: FX’S HOW AND WHY
- THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/31/2014 KCAs, LMGAs, Max, Under the Dome, Red Zone
- NC Film Impact Study Released
- Nicholas Sparks Is Returning to Wilmywood!!
- THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 03/26/2014 EW, Sleepy Hollow, Under the Dome, Red Zone
That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5. And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10! Got Scoop? Email me: email@example.com. Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB or on Twitter. You can also just post your comments below! Until then, that’s a wrap!!