Two possible features for North Carolina

Looks like North Carolina has two possible feature films passing through North Carolina.

First up is Maximum Speed, a family drama about a racing family. They are said to be shooting at Texas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway mid-summer or early fall.

Synopsis: It centers on Cody Wade, a young bull rider and the son of a racing legend who returns to stock-car racing to save the family legacy. Wade Motorsports only has one good driver, a rookie who’s fast and bold and the only woman on the circuit. Racing again is the only option, since Cody’s older brother is driving for his father’s arch enemy that wants to eliminate Wade Motorsports.

The movie is in active development and is being produced and directed by Aaron Norris.

Next up is the period piece Wilderness, which follows a confederate soldier during the battle of the Wilderness in the American Civil War.

Synopsis: At the Battle of the Wilderness, a warhardened, North Carolina Confederate soldier makes a fateful decision in the heat of battle that sends him on a journey home through a parallel wilderness.

Production is slated to begin in August and PW lists them shooting in 3 states. Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina. Richard De Wit is directing.

I have no idea how big our piece of the pie would be for either flick.  That’s all I have for now. If any more details come in, I’ll let ya know!

Banshee’s Director Greg Yaitanes’ wrap speech

Last week, Cinemax’s Banshee wrapped it’s third season in Charlotte, North Carolina. Director Greg Yaitanes gathered the cast and crew.  In a heartfelt speech of gratitude and sadness, he ended his talk with a farewell.

“The hardest thing I want to touch on is I want to thank this gang, North Carolina as our home. We’ve all talked to you individually, but…

It’s a very sad time when you look at what we built, both in the community, in relationships, what we physically built on stage to be pushed out essentially by state politics, not by our own doing, or our own failures.

bansheeWe’ve built up something great here and it’s sad for so many reasons, but yet I wanna look at the these years we have had here, the incredible show that we built, and the work we’ve done together is hard, I know, I work everybody here hard, I know it’s a tough show, I know we rolled with a lot of punched this year. But the work that has resulted that we will see in January is phenomenal and this crew and this gang which is a mix of people I have worked with on House and beyond…it’s exciting to see new and old everybody came together in a way that it’s been a time in my life I will always remember in my career, I will always cherish it. Thank you so much for everything.”

Just a couple of days ago, Governor Pat McCrory just wasn’t exactly sure if the film incentives expiring was the reason for Banshee‘s move to Louisiana.

Are we clear now, Governor?


A message to Speaker Tillis and members of the NC House.

Speaker Tillis (and members of NC House),

We represent over 10,000 registered voters who are either film workers, or are their families and friends. The decisions you make in the days ahead will determine if we can continue to work, pay taxes and raise families here.

We will all be voting in the November election, and you can be absolutely certain that we will be motivated to get others to do so as well. We love our communities, we love working here, and we do not want to see our livelihood pushed out of state. You have the power to help keep good, clean jobs here.

The fact is, North Carolina has built a clean, multi-billion dollar industry for over 30 years that employs thousands in life-long careers, and generates needed revenue for thousands of small businesses.

Film tourism brings unprecedented numbers of visitors and their vacation dollars here, making another dramatic and positive impact on our economy.

Georgia and South Carolina are most eager for you to do the wrong thing for North Carolina, and send our jobs and revenue their way. Just the rumor of losing our incentives has already sent several television series, their production dollars and jobs we need to other states.

We are asking you to do the right thing for our state, and extend the existing incentive as it is. We have a good thing going for all of North Carolina. Please, don’t destroy it. And you can count on the fact that we will remember, in large and active numbers, what you do to support the film incentive, or to destroy it.

Please see short video below from the NC Film Crew Members (Runtime 1:14).


Supporters of the NC Film Tax Incentive

VIDEO: “Max” – Call to Action for NC Film

We are the film crew of Max in Charlotte, NC.  We are all residents of North Carolina, NC tax payers, and North Carolina voters. Speaker Thom Tillis, please save our jobs in North Carolina by supporting the NC Film Incentives.  Let’s keep the film incentive here in North Carolina.

Max Shooting Crew

The feature film, Max, has filmed in this counties: Cleveland, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Brevard, Transylvania, Hendersonville, Surry

This video was shot earlier in the week before the vote yesterday.  Thank you to all the crew and the film supporters for making those calls and writing those emails.  Your voice was heard.  The film incentives are in the budget.  We still have a long way to go with upcoming negotiations to determine the final language of the film incentives.  But today, let’s recognize you, who wants to keep your job, your home and your family in North Carolina!




CHARLOTTE, NC – Mickey Rourke/Emma Roberts feature accepting crew resumes

Ashby has officially opened up offices in Charlotte, NC. The comedy/drama starring Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman is now accepting crew resumes. Please send resumes to with your position in the subject line.

Shooting will take place in the Charlotte area. Production should run about 5 weeks.


STATUS: Pre-Prod: NOW / Production: June 22, 2014
PRODUCERS: Kevin McCormick, Rory Koslow, Josh Kesselman, Compton Ross, Phil Hunt
LP: Scott Putnam
CAST: Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman

 Ashby follows the relationship between a high school student named Ed Wallis (Wolff) and his reclusive next door neighbor, Ashby who happens to be a retired CIA assassin (Rourke) and who only has months to live.

CREW CALL: MAX (War Dog Movie) Charlotte, NC


It has been confirmed and the news is out.  The family adventure MAX will be shooting in the Charlotte area!

CREW CALL:  Please email your resume and crew position in the subject line to:

Get ready dog lovers, here comes a family adventure from MGM StudiosSunswept Entertainment and Picture 8 Productions.  This family adventure film is inspired by true events.

A Belgian Shepard Malinois military working dog returns from active service in Afghanistan traumatized by his handler’s death. Erratic and dangerous, Max is adopted by the bereaved family and bonds with the marine’s troubled 14-year old brother. Together they unravel the secret behind his brother’s death and pull a family together again.

STATUS: Pre-Production.  Production begins May 5th and will wrap around June 20th.  Release date is set for 2015.
Producing is Karen Rosenfelt (Percy Jackson / Twilight).
Writer/Director/EP is Boaz Yakin.

This  is Yakin’s first family film since Remember The Titans. He most recently wrote Now You See Me, which our Sleepy Hollow buddies Kurtzman and Orci produced.

Feature and Pilot coming to NC, Max Steel hires LP, Sleepy Hollow 2, Full Belly Project.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 12/19/2013 Letters to the Gov’na, Sleepy Hollow Not Done Yet and More!

Hey!  Happy Thursday!  Hope you are in the Holiday spirit.  Tis the season for giving back!  I have an idea for you.  Here’s a way you can help the community, and well, the state for that matter!

euesgsThe lovely Susan Dosier who does PR for Screen Gems Studios put out a blog post yesterday asking you for a small favor that will only take 5 minutes of your time! As you know, a couple of days ago, the Gov sent out a press release and made this statement:

“In addition to our state’s beauty, we’ve developed the workforce and artists that make North Carolina an ideal place to produce quality projects efficiently.”

Now is the time to keep the support strong and thank McCrory for his actions, letting him know we agree.  Susan said in her blog, “Please ask your colleagues, friends and family to send a note of appreciation directly to Governor McCrory’s press office before the end of the year.”  SEE DETAILS NOW  Seriously, 5 minutes of your time will help greatly!


Sleepy Hollow of course is one of our favorite shows, but it’s getting kudos from more than just the locals!  WECT sites a Time Magazine writer as a fan of the show.  James Poniewozik puts Sleepy Hollow on his top 10 list.

banner-tunedinBut James isn’t alone.  The good folks at has scoured the web to find more kudos for the show and Tom Mison himself.  Lists from TV GuideTelevision Without Pity, HitFix, Buddy TV and Newsday

For those who have a “thing” for locations, Jonathan Spiers of The Port City Daily wrote a nice little piece on what Sleepy Hollow uses as an exterior for the police station:  Our historic NHC courthouse on S 3rd St.  READ ARTICLE NOW.

sh_crewHollywood pretty much shuts down by the 2nd week of December, but not the folks of Sleepy Hollow.  They were hoping to wrap Season One by the weekend but some are saying they don’t know if they will even be done by Christmas.   The NC Film Crew along with the cast need a Christmas Bonus!  Are ya listening Fox?  The Sleepy folks are shooting on the lot today, then they “head” to the Bellevue Cemetery for the attack at the graveyard scene.  Looks like they are pullin’ an all-nighter…again.


39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Show40th annual People’s Choice Awards will air live on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.  I checked again this morning and yep VOTING is still open for  Favorite New TV DramaVOTE NOW FOR SLEEPY HOLLOW!

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.  Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!