August 2018 Atlanta Filming Roundup: ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Jungle Cruise’ and More!
What’s filming in Atlanta now? Your Geek Girl is back at it with a roundup of projects that are currently in production in Atlanta! From film and television to the OTT space with a project from Facebook and YouTube Premium, I’ve got the details for you on those production code yellow signs you’ve been seeing around town!
What Movies Are Currently Filming in Atlanta
Distributor: Aviron Pictures
Release Date: April 12, 2019
Production Code: PSI
Cast: Selma Blair, Peter Gallagher
Description: A young woman, Tessa has a rocky relationship with Hardin, who has a dark secret. Despite the reckless way he treats her, she is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin. Based on the novel by Anna Todd.
Release Date: October 11, 2019
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons, Jack Whitehall
Description:A small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles. Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride.
Release Date: September 20, 2019
Production Code: GED
Genre: Relationship Comedy
Cast: Regina Hall, Justin Hartley
Description: A woman gets the chance to relive the carefree life as her younger self, when the pressures of adulthood become too much.
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: KIKI
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena
Description:Centers on Leo Sharp, a decorated WWII veteran who was sent to prison at 90 years old for running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. Based on Sam Dolnick’s New York Times Magazine article, “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule.”
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: SUN SPRINGS
Cast: Pam Greier, Diane Keaton
Description: Film centers on the Sun City Poms, America’s first cheerleading squad for women aged over 60.
Sonic The Hedgehog
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Cast: James Marsden, Jim Carrey
Description: Based on the Sega video game featuring Sonic, the world’s fastest hedgehog, in a hybrid CG-animated/live-action feature.
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Release Date: December 25, 2019
Production Code: S&K
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, James Corden, Sam Richardson
Description: A former corporate executive’s earnest yet unfulfilled life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by the world’s first super-intelligence — an artificial intelligence that may or may not take over the world.
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: FCE
Cast: Barkhad Abdi, Rory Cochrane, Amy Smart
Description: A boy with autism trains for a marathon with a disgraced former champion, in an effort to connect with his father.
Untitled Ford and Ferrari Project
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Cast: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal
Description: True story of the eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. Based on A.J. Baime’s 2010 book, “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.”
What TV Shows Are Currently Filming in Atlanta
The Walking Dead
Release Date: October 7, 2018
Production Code: SF
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus
Description: An apocalyptic drama that tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse. THE WALKING DEAD follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, traveling in search of a safe and secure home. The series is based on the popular monthly black-and-white comic book of the same name by Robert Kirkman.
Distributor: Cartoon Network
Cast: Tara Strong
Description: Cartoon Network’s fresh take on Ben 10 will center upon a new animated series re-introducing the energetic, fun-loving, 10-year-old Ben Tennyson. At the core of the new Ben is a healthy serving of action, excitement, and all-around fun. Featuring many new and fan-favorite aliens, the series kicks off with the adventures of Ben, his cousin Gwen, and Grandpa Max as they travel the country during summer vacation. When Ben finds the mysterious Omnitrix, a world of alien superpowers opens up to him.
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Production Code: EYE
Cast: Lucas Till
Description: A reimagining of the classic series, MACGYVER an action-adventure drama about 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver (Lucas Till) who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. Joining his team on high-risk missions around the globe is maverick former CIA agent Jack Dalton (George Eads). At home, MacGyver is entertained by his ambitious roommate, Wilt Bozer (Justin Hires). Under the aegis of the Department of External Services, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip.
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Production Code: LOC
Cast: Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams
Description: Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend — Black Lightning. Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Production Code: CROSSEYE
Cast: Alan Dale, Elizabeth Gillies
Description: Fallon Carrington (Elizabeth Gillies) is charismatic, cunning, and poised to become the new COO of her father’s global energy empire – or so she thinks. When her father, Blake Carrington, (Grant Show) summons Fallon and her brother, Steven, (James Mackay) home to the family compound in Atlanta, Fallon is horrified to learn that the reunion isn’t to announce her promotion – but rather to make the acquaintance of their stepmother-to-be, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley). Cristal is stunning – and almost as young as Fallon, as Fallon is quick to point out – but she isn’t just some flimsy gold-digger to be scared off. Cristal is driven, principled, a savvy publicity maven at Carrington Atlantic, and she truly loves Blake. However, the wealth and privilege of the Carringtons’ world proves challenging to her, as she clashes with the staff, including Blake’s butler Anders (Alan Dale), as well as Fallon, who all make it very clear Cristal doesn’t belong. Family dynasties flow through blood, and Fallon would sooner draw blood than call Cristal “Mom.” Fallon asks Culhane (Robert Christopher Riley), the family’s chauffeur – and Fallon’s secret lover – to help expose Cristal for the fraud Fallon thinks she is. But when that backfires, and Blake chooses Cristal over his own daughter, Fallon sidles up to Blake’s biggest rival, Jeff Colby (Sam Adegoke), mixing business and pleasure to seek her revenge… leaving a jealous Culhane to watch from the sidelines. While the Carringtons’ rocky relationships prove the theory that family sticks together no matter what, Cristal is reminded of exactly that when her nephew, Sammy Jo (Rafael de la Fuente), arrives with a suitcase full of secrets from Cristal’s past. Now Cristal’s carefully concealed history could bring her future crashing down – and who knows who else she might take down with her.
Distributor: Warner Brothers Television
Release Date: October 25, 2018
Production Code: TOGS
Cast: Jenny Boyd (II), Matthew Davis, Kaylee Bryant
Description: Continuing the tradition of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS, the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be?
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Production Code: HVN
Cast: Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker
Description: THE GIFTED tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. REED (Stephen Moyer, SHOTS FIRED, “True Blood”) and CAITLIN (Amy Acker, “Person of Interest”) STRUCKER are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, LAUREN (Natalie Alyn Lind, GOTHAM) and ANDY (Percy Hynes White, “Night at the Museum 3”), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent JACE TURNER (Coby Bell, “Burn Notice”). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – ECLIPSE / MARCOS DIAZ (Sean Teale, “Reign”), BLINK / CLARICE FONG (Jamie Chung, GOTHAM), POLARIS / LORNA DANE (Emma Dumont, “Aquarius”) and THUNDERBIRD / JOHN PROUDSTAR (Blair Redford, “Satisfaction”) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants. THE GIFTED is a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids aren’t who they thought they were and loving them just the same – even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.
Release Date: N/A
Production Codes: PCF7 / MCFLY / 1080 / BLK45
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Mille Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo
Description: In the series, a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. The series, set in Indiana, is a love letter to the ‘80s classics that captivated a generation.
The Passage (Starts Filming 8/29)
Release Date: N/A
Cast: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Description: Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, THE PASSAGE is an epic, character-driven thriller written by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”). Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”) and writer/director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield”), THE PASSAGE focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race. When a young girl, AMY BELLAFONTE (Saniyya Sidney, “Fences,” “Hidden Figures”) is chosen to be a test subject, Federal Agent BRAD WOLGAST (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, “Pitch”) is the man who is tasked with bringing her to Project Noah. Ultimately, however, Wolgast becomes her surrogate father, as he tries to protect her at any cost. Brad and Amy’s journey will force them to confront Project Noah’s lead scientist, MAJOR NICHOLE SYKES (Caroline Chikezie, “The Shannara Chronicles”), and the hardened ex-CIA operative in charge of operations, CLARK RICHARDS (Vincent Piazza, “Boardwalk Empire,” “Rescue Me”), whom Brad trained. It likewise brings them face-to-face with a dangerous new race of beings confined within the walls of Project Noah, including former scientist TIM FANNING (Jamie McShane, “Bosch,” “Bloodline,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and death-row inmate SHAUNA BABCOCK (Brianne Howey, “The Exorcist”). In seeking out any allies he can find, Brad also turns to his former wife, DR. LILA KYLE (Emmanuelle Chriqui, “Entourage,” “Murder in the First”), for help. But as Project Noah’s scientists hone in on a cure that could save humanity, these new beings begin to test their own powers, inching one step closer to an escape that could lead to an unimaginable apocalypse.
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Production Code: TR
Cast: Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp
Description: Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, THE RESIDENT is a provocative new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Meet DR. CONRAD HAWKINS (Matt Czuchry, “The Good Wife”), one of the best doctors at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. Charming, arrogant and only a third-year resident, Conrad does everything in the most unconventional way possible. Along with treating patients, Conrad believes it is his job to burst the illusions of first-year residents, like DR. DEVON PRAVESH (Manish Dayal, “Halt and Catch Fire”), and turn them into real-life doctors. Devon is an innocent idealist, who wears his finely tuned moral compass and passion for science like armor. With Conrad’s help, however, Devon quickly discovers the reality of his chosen profession is not what he imagined, and that ethical lines are often blurred. Nothing, not even the best medical school in the country, could have prepared him for what he’s about to learn. As Devon accompanies Conrad through the hospital’s halls, he meets distinguished chief of surgery DR. RANDOLPH BELL (Bruce Greenwood, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Mad Men”), the face of the hospital and its most sought-after doctor, whose diminishing skills, and the errors they cause, are covered with the help of allies under his command; DR. MINA OKAFOR (Shaunette Renée Wilson, “Billions”), a rising star surgeon from Nigeria who is threatening Bell’s dominance, but who also is in the U.S. on a visa; and NICOLETTE NEVIN (Emily VanCamp, “Revenge”), one of Chastain Memorial’s most respected nurses and Conrad’s on-again-off-again romantic partner. While Conrad opens Devon’s eyes to the stark realities of hospital life, the once-optimistic young doctor soon realizes that the practice of medicine is a business, like any other. Not all patients are angels and not all doctors are gods, but one thing’s for sure: expectations are meant to be shattered.
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Cast: Miss Lawrence, Benjamin Bratt, Queen Latifah
Description: In STAR, three talented singers navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. Featuring three newcomers (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) as the young singers, plus Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (“Bessie,” “Bringing Down The House”) and Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”), the series will feature original music, along with stunning musical fantasy sequences, as the girls dream of their future.
What Digital Series Are Currently Filming in Atlanta
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: WTM
Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones
Description: Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, QUEEN AMERICA is a dark comedy about Vicki Ellis, the most renowned (and ruthless) pageant coach in the state, and the hapless Samantha Stone who hopes Vicki can mold her into worthwhile contender for the title of Miss America. Vicki is desperately sought after by young women competing to be Miss America for one reason; she can turn any girl into a winner. But when she gets paired with the beautiful but unpolished Samantha, Vicki’s entire reputation might be at stake.
Now We Here
Distributor: YouTube Premium
Release Date: 2019
Production Code: CK
Cast: Adam Pally, Sam Richardson
Description: Every rapper has a crew he can’t live without… and vice versa. In this new comedy, we see how long the crew can survive without being in the limelight.
And that’s it for August 2018! Stay tune as projects that are currently in development or pre-production start filming in Atlanta this fall!
If you have any filming location tips and/or celebrity sightings, be sure to tweet me at @EmmaLoggins with the hashtag #ATLFilm or #AtlantaFilming and you could end up in the weekly roundup! Also, if there’s anything you’d like to see included that we currently don’t, let us know!