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September 2018 Atlanta Filming Roundup: ‘Doctor Sleep’, ‘Stranger Things’ And More!

September 2018 Atlanta Filming Roundup: ‘Doctor Sleep’, ‘Stranger Things’ And More!

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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 YouTube Premium, I’ve got the details for you on those production code yellow signs you’ve been seeing around town – as well as a sneak peek at what’s going into pre-production in the city!

What Movies Are Currently Filming in Atlanta

Doctor Sleep
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Release Date: January 24, 2020
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Horror
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Kyliegh Curran

Description: Danny Torrance, now in his 40s, becomes sober and uses his powers to save a twelve year old girl from murderous paranormals. Based on the novel by Stephen King – a sequel to “The Shining.”

Jungle Cruise
Distributor: Disney
Release Date: October 11, 2019
Genre: Action/Adventure
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.

How High 2
Distributor: Universal / MTV
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: GAMU (?)
Genre: Comedy
Cast: N/A

Description: Two young, business-savvy stoners journey through Atlanta to find their missing weed, only to uncover a vast government conspiracy.

Just Mercy
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Release Date: January 17, 2020
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

Description: Centers on the civil rights defense attorney, Bryan Stevenson, who attempted to free a condemned death row inmate. Based on Stevenson’s book, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.”

Second Sister
Distributor: Crown Media Productions
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Drama
Cast: N/A

Description: N/A

Sonic The Hedgehog
Distributor: Paramount
Release Date: November 8, 2019 (moved up one week)
Genre: Action
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.

Sextuplets
Distributor: Netflix
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Marlon Wayans, Bresha Webb

Description: Alan discovers that he was born a sextuplet, while attempting to meet his birth mother before the arrival of his first child.

Untitled Ford and Ferrari Project
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Drama
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.”

Limited Partners (Pre-Production)
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: June 28, 2019
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish

Description: Two women form a beauty company, but their partnership is tested when a tech company makes them a buyout offer.

On Smoother Dirt (Pre-Production)
Distributor: Storytell Films
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Drama
Cast: Louis Gossett Jr.

Description: Examines how the baseball legend, Ernie Banks touched lives, with his extraordinary kindness, leaving the world a better place.

Radiant (Pre-Production)
Distributor: Rock Island Films
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Drama
Cast: Olga Kurylenko

Description: An early 20th century musical radical and multi-hyphenate Antheil form an unlikely friendship with the movie star, Hedy Lamarr. Despite their day jobs in entertainment, the two possess an intense desire to defeat the Nazis and invent a secret communications system. Based on American composer George Antheil’s autobiography “Bad Boy of Music.”

The Boy Who Knew Too Much (Pre-Production)
Distributor: 20th Century Films
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Drama
Cast: N/A

Description: A 2-year-old baseball prodigy named Christian Haupt begins sharing vivid memories of a life he never lived: that of a baseball player in the 1920s and ’30s. Based on the forthcoming book by Cathy Byrd.

What TV Shows Are Currently Filming in Atlanta

The Walking Dead
Distributor: AMC
Release Date: October 7, 2018
Production Code: SF
Genre: Drama
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.

Boomerang (Pre-Production)
Distributor: BET
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Cast: N/A

Description: This reboot of the 1992 film revolves around successful executive who finds that his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new boss turns out to be a bigger deviant that he is. This updated version explores contemporary workplace dynamics, including the changing role of gender, office politics, relationships, and the conflicts between Generation X and Millennials.

Ben 10
Distributor: Cartoon Network
Release Date:
Genre: Animated
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.

Macgyver
Distributor: CBS
Release Date: September 28, 2018
Production Code: EYE
Genre: Drama
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.

Black Lightning
Distributor: CW
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Production Code: LOC
Genre: Drama
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.

Dynasty
Distributor: CW
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Production Code: CROSSEYE
Genre: Drama
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.

Legacies
Distributor: Warner Brothers Television
Release Date: October 25, 2018
Production Code: TOGS
Genre: Drama
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?

The Gifted
Distributor: FOX
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Production Code: HVN
Genre: Drama
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.

Stranger Things (Season 3 Filming Completed 9/14/2018)
Distributor: Netflix
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.

Raising Dion
Distributor: Netflix
Release Date: N/A
Production Codes: RD
Genre: Drama / Sci-Fi
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jason Ritter

Description: A one-hour sci-fi, family drama, Raising Dion, based on a short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities. The series follows the story of a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Jordan). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.

The Passage (Hold)
Distributor: FOX
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: PSG
Genre: Drama
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.

The Resident
Distributor: FOX
Release Date: September 24, 2018
Production Code: TR
Genre: Drama
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.

Star
Distributor: FOX
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Genre: Drama
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.

Robbie
Distributor: Comedy
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Genre: Drama
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.

American Soul
Distributor: BET
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jason Dirden, Katlyn Nichol, Sinqua Walls

Description: Inspired by the personal trials and professional successes of a young, ambitious and troubled impresario Don Cornelius. The drama series is an unflinching look at the entrepreneur, his Soul Train dancers, crew and musicians in an unforgiving Hollywood in the 1970’s – how they work, play, rise and fall against the backdrop of Soul Train — “the hippest trip in America” and one of the most predominant television shows for African-American culture.

Ambitions (Pre-Production)
Distributor: OWN
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Drama
Cast: N/A

Description: AMBITIONS is a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.

Miracle Workers
Distributor: TBS
Release Date: Mid-Season
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Bass

Description: A heaven-set workplace comedy based on Rich Wilson’s book WHAT IN GOD’S NAME. Daniel Radcliffe will play Craig, a low level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers and Owen Wilson will play Craig’s boss, God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. To prevent Earth’s destruction, Craig must achieve his most impossible miracle to date.

Twenties (Pre-Production)
Distributor: TBS
Release Date: Mid-Season
Production Code: N/A
Genre: Comedy
Cast: N/A

Description: A single-camera comedy that revolves around Hattie, a queer black girl, and her two best friends, who together spend their days talking shit and chasing their dreams. Twenties explores friendship, finding love and screwing everything up along the way. Based on the YouTube series of the same name.

Coins For Christmas
Distributor: ONE
Release Date: N/A
Production Code: N/A
Cast: Lil’ JJ, Essence Atkins, Stephen Bishop, Karlie Redd

Description: Single mom Madison finds herself scraping pennies together two weeks before Christmas after the IRS freezes her bank account, her ex fails to come through with any help and her boss fires her. Desperate to pay bills and buy gifts for her teenage children, Madison jumps into the ever-popular “gig economy.” That’s when she meets and eventually gets hired by obnoxious, sidelined former pro football player Alec Darby, also secretly on the verge of going broke. This odd couple butts heads time and time again, but they eventually forge a friendship. And, to their surprise, they learn a lot about themselves and teach one another how to be better people.

What Digital Series Are Currently Filming in Atlanta

Champaigne Ill (Formally Known As “Now We Here”) (Pre-Production)
Distributor: YouTube Premium
Release Date: 2019
Production Code: CK
Genre: Comedy
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 September 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!

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Emma Loggins Emma Loggins is the Editor in Chief of FanBolt. As an internationally recognized "Geek Girl", Emma updates daily on the latest entertainment news, her opinions on current happenings in the media, screening/filming opportunities, inside scoops and more.  She’s been writing on the world of geekdom and pop culture since 2002 and is also considered to be one of the top Atlanta bloggers and influencers!

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