Although there is still no official word from the NC Commerce Dept or the NC Film Office in regards to who indeed got the Dirty Dancing money ($4M), I am still pretty damn certain of at least two out of the three projects that are coming to North Carolina to begin production in October, and we have some North Carolina natives to thank!
First up, TNT’s pilot Good Behavior. It’s already in pre-production on the LA side of things, but from what I’ve heard, offices should open up at EUE/Screen Gems in the next week or so. For all you Downton Abbey and Wayward Pines fans, you will be quite pleased! The series is based on the Letty Dobesh books by Wayward Pines author and North Carolina boy, Blake Crouch! We are so proud to welcome him back home!! He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and he is “excited to be back.”
Good Behavior is written by both Crouch and Chad Hodge. They will serve as executive producers for the show as well.
The show will star Michelle Dockery who you know as Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey. She will play Letty Dodesh.
The storyline is about “a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat, but when she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the job, putting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship.” Good Behavior should begin production in early October.
Next up, let’s welcome back Danny and Jody as they bring us the father/son flick The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter. The feature stars Josh Brolin and Danny McBride and the storyline revolves around a nationally known deer hunter who takes his son on a hunting trip. Danny and his partner in crime Jody Hill are the writers and executive producers. The project is coming from Scott Rudin Productions and Rough House. Jody Hill will be directing. Lila Yacoub is listed as the LP. The PM is Georgie Marquis. Currently, Asheville, NC and Georgia are listed as locations, but I have a feeling it will be shot solely in Asheville. From what I have been hearing, they have already been in contact with some members of the film community and could be opening offices in the next week or so. Production should begin mid to late October.
Jody is a North Carolina boy, born in Concord. He and Danny both graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
McBride and Hill are currently shooting the HBO series Vice Principals in Charleston, SC. If you remember they wanted to film that show here and had already scouted all the locations. But when the NCGA screwed up our film incentives, they headed to SC. Before that, they brought HBO’s Eastbound and Down to Wilmywood.
So yea, I am pretty damn certain these two projects got the Dirty Dancing cash. Now onto the uncertain third. You can label this one a “Rumor from the Lot,” but I am hearing rumblings about a reality show picking up some cash as well. Some are saying it is Figure 8 Films, others have no idea, but “Reality Show” is what I keep hearing. I will keep you posted and let you know if there is any truth to this one. If that is indeed true, I am trying to figure out why. Reality Shows only hire about 10 NC film crew members. Maybe they had a small amount of cash left? Maybe someone’s got a friend in high places? Maybe none of this has any validity. We shall see…
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