Happy Monday Wilmywood! Lots of great news this morning!
Well, it looks like not only will North Carolina see Max Steel, but we will also see, Max! Get ready dog lovers, here comes a family adventure from MGM Studios, Sunswept 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.
Although we cannot confirm if it will shoot in Wilmington, we can say it will be NC proud. 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.
Do we have them to thank for bragging about North Carolina and bringing Max here? If that is the case, Now You See Me 2 begins production in September and we can all hope that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci bring that production here, too.
And speaking our buddies, it looks like we can expect to branch out when it comes to the small town of Wilmington, aka Sleepy Hollow. TV Guide reports that the producers are ready to get Ichabod Crane out of his comfort zone in season 2; not that he has been completely comfortable with new technology and Starbucks on every block. “He’s been in this town the whole time and he’s adapted very well, but I’d like to see his reaction the first time he gets on an airplane,” Orci says. “We were joking that he thinks, ‘Oh, are we driving all the way there in this thing?’ And then the plane takes off. Imagine seeing the White House and all the stuff that he never got to see that are the fruit of his labor and his sacrifice. Things like that will blow his mind.” READ ARTICLE NOW
Continuing with ties and undecided locations, George Parra is working on the feature film Risk that is going to begin production this summer. It would be nice to see him come back a third time as he produced two films here: A Good Old Fashion Orgy and The Squeeze.
Now onto Max Steel, congrats to David Grace, he has been named Line Producer for Mattel’s flick, produced by Bill O’Dowd and Julia Pistor (Spiderwick Chronicles). Writer is Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) Director: Stewart Hendler.
The story revolves around 16 year old Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) who discovers that he’s got a strange electric energy that emanates from him when he’s upset or excited, and it’s starts to grow beyond his control. With his scientist father dead and his mom Molly unwilling to talk about what really happened in the accident that killed him, Max is resigned to trying to fit in to yet another new school–where he finds himself attracted to the quirky, independent-minded Sydney (Ana Villafane) and develops a friendship with an old colleague of his dad’s, Miles Edwards. But the most startling thing that happens to Max is the arrival of a small, crab-like alien named Steel, whose memory may be faulty but who knows one thing for certain: he’s there to protect Max, and he’s been sent by Max’s father.
Moving on to another TV pilot. CBS is bringing another pilot to North Carolina. Currently it is a Untitled Nikki Toscano Project written (and produced) by yes, Nikki Toscano (Revenge). They are currently set to begin production March 17th. Producer will be Kerry Ehrin. The drama centers on a retired CIA operative who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred. No word yet on whether this production will be in Wilmington.
REMINDER: “Hollywood East” panel, hosted by the New Hanover County Public Library is tonight at 6pm Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road.
The panel includesg Bill Vassar (EUE ScreenGems), Johnny Griffin (Wilmington Film Commish), Vanessa Neimeyer (NCasting), and Terry Linehan (UNCW). They will be talkin’ a little about everything. This is not a rally for the incentives, but it will be a nice chance to chat with everyone.
Plus, our friends from Basecamp Luxe will be on hand with one of the three Vintage Airstream trailers that are available for rent for TV/Film productions. If you haven’t seen them, here’s your opportunity! They are AWESOME!
Enjoy a night of international cuisine inspired by the countries in which we work, the world beats of Axiom, and a wide array of both live and silent auction items from all over the world. See our award-winning inventions, and learn more about our expanding mission to benefit rural communities around the world.
WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:00-10:00 p.m.
WHERE: Coastline Conference & Event Center, 501 Nutt St., Wilmington NC
ADMISSION: $50 in advance from http://www.thefullbellyproject.org or 910-452-0975
MORE: The Full Belly Project empowers rural communities by designing and distributing income-generating agricultural devices to improve life. We want to share our efforts in developing local businesses, increasing household incomes, combating hunger, and benefiting the environment.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB or on Twitter. You can also just post your comments below! Until then, that’s a wrap!!