ASHEVILLE, NC: Dirty Dancing coming this summer?

This summer don’t you dare put Baby in the corner!  The remake of Dirty Dancing which we have been talking about for a couple of months now, will indeed be heading back to the Asheville area, but when is the question.  When speaking with one of the production companies on this project, they still can’t even give a date as to when they are opening up offices in NC, citing no director or cast has even been selected yet.  Even so, it has been listed as Summer 2015. So, who knows, it could go into fall for all we know.

Although Production Weekly has Tim Bourne listed as Line Producer, don’t believe  it.  He’s currently working in Atlanta right now and is not attached to the project. I have notice that they have new producers and writers posted this time around. Producing are now Debra Martin Chase, Eleanor Bergstein and Judy Cairo.

The Citizen-Times has a little article that just came out.  They write,  “Application materials indicate the production will create an estimated 1,225 jobs in North Carolina, including 900 extras, 30 cast members and 225 “crew/full time” jobs. Total personnel is expected to be 1,300.” READ ARTICLE NOW

More details to come.

STATUS: Development / Pre-Production
LOCATION: Asheville, NC
PRODUCERS: Debra Martin Chase, Eleanor Bergstein, Judy Cairo

Coming from Martin Chase Productions, Allison Shearmur Productions and ABC (along with Lionsgate) is the remake of the 1987 romance film Dirty Dancing, a coming-of-age drama that documents a young debutante’s rebellion against her father by starting a relationship with a dance instructor during a family summer vacation.

WILMINGTON, NC: Crew Call for ‘The Choice’

A crew call is officially out for the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Choice.

The Nicholas Sparks feature, The Choice, is now accepting crew resumes. Send your resumes to: with your position in the subject line.  Production is slated to begin October 13th.  This project will shoot in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Along with Nicholas Sparks, it looks like Theresa Park and Peter Safran will be producing.  Welcome back to both!  Peter was here not long ago producing The Conjuring. Theresa didn’t have too much time in between shows as she was just here working on the other Sparks movie, The Longest Ride. Same goes for Mark Garner who has been named Production Designer yet again.  Congrats!

The UPM is our fabulous local  guy Chris Bromley, who we all know and love. Behind the scenes, he’s actually been working on The Choice for months now.  Before this Sparks flick, he was the UPM for the TV pilot Red Zone, and the Wilmywood shot Tammy and The Conjuring.

Directing is Ross Katz.  Ross is a Oscar and Emmy nominated director/producer.  He won the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series for Taking Chance (2009). This will be his first gig in Wilmywood.

Production is set to begin October 13th and will have a 30 day run.

THE CHOICE – Lionsgate/Safran Company
STATUS: Pre-production
LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
PRODUCER: Nicholas Sparks, Peter Safran, Theresa Park
UPM: Chris Bromley
WRITER: Bryan Sipe (screenwriter)

Two neighbors, Travis  Parker and Gabby Holland, become more than just friends in a small coastal town in North Carolina.

NC Film crew talks about the making of The Devil’s Hand (The Occult) w/ trailer released.

Lionsgate is finally delivering us TO evil this October. The Devil’s Hand, aka The Devil’s Rapture aka Where the Devil Hides aka The Occult  was shot back in 2012 here in Wilmywood. And we now have ourselves a trailer!

The flick is about something evil that runs amuck in the small village of New Bethlehem where six girls who were born on the same day by six different mothers begin to mysteriously disappear on the eve of their 18th birthday. Is it a serial killer, one of the village elders or a horrific prophecy come true?

The feature was shot in multiple locations in our area including: Wilmington, Burgaw, Currie, Supply, Rocky Point, Willard, Supply and Castle Hayne.  Every crew member that I have asked in regards to this film just couldn’t say enough about how great the environment was on set.  Crew members really enjoyed working on this film.


Pictured (L to R):Stunt Coordinator Peter King with stunt performers Michele Waitman,Jimmie Lee Sessoms, Jimmy Waitman, Dale “Sunshine” Frye, and John Casino. (Photo courtesy of Jimmie Lee Sessoms.)

It was the first time that Michael Jefferson, 1st AD, worked with a foreign director.  “We had a lot of fun trying to understand each other,” Jefferson remembers.  “Me with my Southern redneck drawl and Christian [Christiansen] with his thick Danish.”  The stunt work was a favorite for Jefferson as well.  And that department completely agreed.

Jimmie Lee Sessoms lit up with excitement when I asked him about the work the stunt team performed. “We got to slide cop cars around! Ben Jensen and myself snatched Peter King  through a door with a ratchet! We had people doing high falls and jumping through windows!!”

Occulte Patrick_JohnJefferson says, “The one stunt where a mother jumped from the church steeple was my favorite. It will be a great sequence.”

Pictured (L to R): John McIntyre, Patrick Borowiak, Frank Godwin and Matt Doll. (Photo courtesy of Patrick Borowiak, AC.)

Jefferson also gave praise to the North Carolina proud DP, Frank Godwin, as well as the producers on the project. “Pete Shilaimon and Scott Holroyd  were a great team and kept the set light and fun.”

Transpo Co-captain Jeff McLaughlin agrees.  “The show was completely locally crewed. The producers and director were extremely easy to work for. They made going to work a complete blast! I wish them the best of luck with the release and hope to work with them again!”

Andy Bader (additional Second AC)also chimed in about working with Frank Godwin. “He’s a fantastic North Carolina camera guy that I’ve worked with for years.”

The camera department is definitely excited to see how this flick turned out. Along with the creepy storyline, dolly grip, Troy Carlton, said the creative photography is what is really gonna make this film really shine.

Second AC John McIntyre says, “We had a killer camera department and did some really cool work with high speed cameras and lots and lots of blood!”

What Bader remembers most about The Devil’s Hand is how they worked with the supernatural horror element.  “It wasn’t a bunch of cheesy horror jump scares. I felt more of a classic horror vibe.”

That’s is good to know, and we will find out for ourselves as The Devil’s Hand  will be released on VOD, EST, DVD and other TV platforms on October 10th, almost exactly one year later after it’s original release date. The movie stars Rufus Sewell, Alycia Debnam Carey, Adelaide Kane, Leah Pipes, Thomas McDonell and “Dexter” fav Jennifer Carpenter.