Queen Latifah cast for the Queen City: 2 productions on the way for Charlotte, NC.

Alright! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about when is Charlotte gonna gear up and get back to work! Well, it looks like we have one, possible two productions that will be filming in the Queen City.

First up, Fixed Point Films and Shining Star Productions are teaming up with Walden Media and Alcon Entertainment to bring us Hope’s Wish – based on Stuart Stout and Shelby Stout’s book Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True. The feature stars Queen Latifah.

The true North Carolina story centers on 12 year-old Hope Stout. When diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, the young girl sets out on a  mission to fund the wishes of 155 other children with the help of dedicated Make-A-Wish Foundation executive Toni Dubois (Latifah) and the Charlotte community.  (DEADLINE)

Production is set to begin April 9th in Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Crew resumes are still being accepted.

HOPE’S WISH
STATUS: Production begins April 9
LOCATION: Charlotte, NC
PRODUCERS: Val Hill, Steven Wegner, Jonah Hirsch, Stuart Stout, Larry McMurtry, Frank Fornari, Michael Lee, Yale Badik
WRITER: Diana Ossana – Charlie Stratton
DIRECTOR: Laurie Collyer
LP: Billy Badalato
CAST: Queen Latifah
CREW RESUMES: HopesWishCrew@gmail.com

ABOUT HOPE’S WISH: Diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, valiant 12 year old Hope Stout is approached by the Make-A-Wish foundation. The money for Hope is already in place, but due to a shortfall of funds, there are 155 children in her native Charlotte, North Carolina, who need their own wishes fulfilled. Hope’s sole wish is that all of those other children’s wishes should be granted — a seemingly impossible task that will cost in excess of a million dollars.

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Now as for the 2nd production, I don’t know much about it. It seems to have more of an indie feel to it. Here’s what I do know, according to PW.

The feature film, Just Grace, will be shooting in New York as well as Charlotte, NC. Production begins July 9th. Whether they start in NY or NC, I don’t know.

The story revolves around Grace Templeton, an esteemed music professor who’s life gets disrupted by tragedy. She finds herself thrown out of her lavish academic world and into the harsh reality of teaching at-risk youth.

JUST GRACE
STATUS: Production begins July 9
LOCATION: Charlotte, NC / New York
PRODUCER: Thomas Goggans
WRITER/PRODUCER: Karen Abercrombie

Both productions have a lot of heart in the story lines, so I am looking forward to seeing the end result!

Things are picking up, let’s hope they continue!

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‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ accepting Crew Resumes.

NOTE: THIS IS FOR CREW ONLY.

Words on Bathroom Walls has officially opened up offices at EUE/ScreenGems Studios and they are now accepting crew resumes.

*Background actors, please wait until the Extras Casting Director has been chosen to submit to this project and DO NOT submit at this email address.

Shooting will take place in the Wilmington area. Production begins in April. Words on Bathroom Walls, is based on a young adult novel by Julia Walton.

WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS
STATUS: Pre-Production
PRODUCTION COMPANY: LD Entertainment
UPM/EP: Alison Semenza
DIRECTOR: Thor Freudenthal
CAST: TBA
CREW RESUMES: wordsresumes@gmail.com

ABOUT FROM DEADLINE: The story centers around Adam as he tries to navigate high school life while living with paranoid schizophrenia and battling wild hallucinations. His distracting visions take turns acting as supportive friends one moment and evil foes the next. Luckily, an experimental drug trial promises to help hide his illness from his peers and most importantly from Maya, the girl of his dreams.

First Project for Wilmywood 2018 Has Arrived.

Man, it’s been a long time coming. So hold on and let me wipe the cob webs from this here blog and get the scoop flowing once again!!

Yes Wilmywood, we have ourselves a feature film!

Words on Bathroom Walls, based on a young adult novel by Julia Walton, has been adapted into a screenplay and low and behold they are ready to be the first production for Wilmywood, NC in 2018. Offices are expected to open next week at our fabulous EUE/Screen Gems Studios. Production is set to begin the first week of April! Can I get an AMEN!

I will shoot you more details as soon as I am allowed to do so.

UPDATE:  The Executive Producer and UPM on this project is our one and only Alison Semenza King. And from what I have been told she has gone above and beyond to bring this project here and is looking forward to hiring a lot of locals! Yes! THANK YOU ALISON!

And get ready, there is more coming in 2018!  I am hearing rumors about another project setting up shop soon in Charlotte, plus a certain streaming service just might be eyeing Wilmington this summer. As for Good Behavior, Season 3, it’s still up in the air. I will keep you posted! Now, let’s get to work!

ABOUT WRITING ON BATHROOM WALLS:

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

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