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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been the long awaited news many people have been waiting to hear.

Stephanie Treventi works as an extra in Wilmington and said, “We were just keeping our fingers crossed that we get something, anything and bring some more to the studio and hopefully that will bring other things in so when we heard the news today we were all really excited.”

Governor Bev Perdue announced Monday Wilmington will be home to the production of the movie. It’s the first time in a long time a movie has been set to shoot here.

“When I came to school here we did have a lot of projects going on and then they just started to die out,” said extra Caitlynn Leary. “It’s been really disappointing because we’ve been so close to having so many big movies like the Nicholas Sparks movies and yet they were going to Georgia for better tax incentives.”

This movie will not only provide work for extras, production crews and many others looking for work but local businesses will also get the chance to bring the cash in from the movie.

[CG :2-Line\Lauren Taylor\Extra] “It’s going to provide a lot of work,” said Lauren Taylor, who works as an extra. “The fans come here to see all the shows. The fans come from all over for One Tree Hill so others might want to come to see this movie going on so they will stay in the hotels and eat at the restaurants.”

Perdue says producers picked North Carolina because of the trained professionals in the state and
the water tank at Screen Gems Studios. The 280,000 gallon water tank is the 3rd largest in the country and the largest east of L.A.



RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that New Line Cinemas film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Michael Caine will start production later this month in Wilmington. The motion picture is expected to be made in North Carolina for five months, with an estimated economic impact in the millions of dollars.

“A major motion picture means more than the excitement of celebrities and special effects,” Gov. Perdue said. “It means jobs – hundreds of them. This production will also bring millions of dollars in spending into our economy and millions of dollars in earned tourism promotion, when North Carolina is showcased on the big screen.”

North Carolina was selected because of the state’s talented and trained film professionals and the water tank at EUE/Screen that will allow the production the creative tools to make this movie in North Carolina. Journey 2 is also expected to qualify for the state’s 25 percent film incentive. This film is being produced by New Line Cinema (a subsidiary of Warner Bros.) in association with Contra Film, and Walden Media.

“Our office has been really aggressive in promoting this new opportunity and we are optimistic that it is starting to gain traction,” said Aaron Syrett director of the North Carolina Film Office. “Through the diligent work of the NC Film Office, the Wilmington Regional Film Commission and our local film professionals, we were able to demonstrate to the productions how fantastic and easy it is to make movies here with our locations and infrastructure.”

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2015 years 10 months ago

None of those islands will be used. They will be shooting in Hawaii and using the Screen Gems soundstages for sets. Hopefully they will be able to lure our once-local crew base back from Louisiana, Georgia and Michigan.

2015 years 10 months ago

Topsail? maybe they’ll take on the case of the poor Ukranian waifs.

Wrightsville Beach — maybe they’ll study the impact of huffing.

Pleasure Island — maybe they can get Britt’s to open.

On a serious note, good news for the economy depending upon the dollar value of the incentives involved versus the money invested locally.

Maybe the Governor can follow up on her trip to California. Arnold will be out of office soon; perhaps she can use her personal powers of persuasion and get him to film Terminator 5 or Predateor 3 or Commando 2 or Conan 3. He’s got to have something to do next year when his successor is sworn in. And she did spend all of those taxpayer dollars to take an entourage of 23 out to Hollywood.

2015 years 10 months ago

A few of them for months. Then they’ll be shooting for unemployment. Let the merriment begin!

I guess I just don’t understand the “film gypsy” lifestyle. I sold out early and built my life on two lucrative careers. The state now looks at me as a Fountain of Funding while the film industry gets coddled, cooed over, and treated like the new puppy.

BTW, the same argument you people use can apply to any and every industry that chooses to come to NC. “If they come here they will spend.”

The film industry deserves no special treatment. Even at it’s peak in the Nineties, it returned less to the state and locals than ANY of those industries Dick and Bev sang and danced about.

2015 years 10 months ago

Wahhhh. Cry me a river Mr. Cranky.

2015 years 10 months ago

Taxpayers scream bloody murder when we offer millions in concessions to attract an industry that might actually be in town longer than a month. Why should you not expect them to point out that the film industry is even less deserving of reduced taxes?

Now, I understand that you people intend to push the interstate bidding war up a notch at a time until production companies are treated as special tax-exempt entities….so you need to understand that I’m going to stay true-to-course on any issue of tax fairness and extra-special treatment of the niche groups that liberal politicians love to coddle…

…welfare recipients for example…that includes the ones in Creekwood and the ones boarding their Bombardier Challenger to fly back to L.A.

(The only difference is that the former don’t PRETEND they’re providing a great service to the North Carolina taxpayers.)

2015 years 10 months ago

Mr. Cranky. hahaha

2015 years 10 months ago

This “gypsy” owns a home, two cars, pays taxes, insurance, and VOTES locally. Verizon, GE, Corning, PPD all received incentives. It’s how business is done these days in order to create jobs. The film incentive is actually a tax rebate-paid AFTER a film is completed and the money spent in the community.
Maybe this community deserves Titan after all.

2015 years 10 months ago

Wake up call! Verizon, GE, Corning, PPD, the studio….NONE of them should be receiving ANY special treatment. Titan offers one of the worst examples of this folly! There was no need to give them a dime! They want that fossiliforous limestone of the Castle Hayne aquifer. That’s like heroin to a junkie for a cement plant. But we needed to give them millions of dollars? Where were they going to go?

Bribing corporations and production companies is NOT a function of government. It is corporate welfare at its worst, and the problem that all you filmy people turn a blind eye to is that the bidding just keeps getting higher and higher, and crazier and crazier.

Let’s look at one example: Do you think that you can compete against Louisiana in the short term? No way, and here’s why. THEY are in the cat-bird seat for the immediate future because the billions they are receiving from the Gulf oil spill. That’s going to enable them to raise their incentives without any financial consequence at all. Baton Rouge already has the money to increase their film bribes.

So pretty soon, Georgia, Canada, and North Carolina are going to be grumbling even louder about Louisiana, while filmy lobbyists march on their state/government houses demanding that incentives be raised to at least equal Louisiana.

IT NEVER ENDS, it’s costing a financially broke state money it needs, the local money they spend while in town circulates in a very small pool of the exact same people….but as long as you’ve got a piece of that sugar-teat in your mouth, it’s not a problem, right?

2015 years 10 months ago

Since you have read “many of (my) posts,” you can obviously form a conclusion of my education level based upon the writing ability and content.

If you’re a waiter trying to sell that award-winning screenplay, please don’t take offense to the “dropped out at ten” reference. It simply fit, and you know how we jingle-writers are.

2015 years 10 months ago

you really outdid yourself.

I was laughing so hard at the sight of Smiley & Dick Powell in formal wear doing a Fred & Ginger routine, they may have heard me in the adjacent hotel room.

With a $3,000,000,000 as in billion dollar deficit facing the legislature for 2011, one must wonder how long the State can continue to grant these incentives. What will the chain saw wack first? Funding for tax credits, funding for state issued entitlements, or funding for education & teacher salaries?

I wonder if we can qualify for some incentives on the Island? We’re thinking about blowing up both bridges and becoming Monaco West. We’ve already identified our first Prince. Off shore gambling; off shore banking with more secrecy than Switzerland; Gentlemen’s Clubs; maybe a political refuge for deposed Dictators who managed to squirrel away their Nation’s Treasury in one of our Banks before they took the Gulfstream into the Sunset.

We’d even have Michael Caine available to reprise his role from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

The opportunities are endless. We’ll employ thousands in permanent, high paying jobs. Security, ferry operators, personal chefs, croupiers, tennis instructors just to name a few.

All we need are some tax credit initiatives and our Freedom. The Duchy of Topsail. Has a good ring to it.

We could even host the 2032 Olympics.

Amazing how light headed one can become while in Raleigh. No wonder the Legislature and Smiley lose track with reality.

2015 years 10 months ago

I am reading through this, as I have many of your post and I have realized something.
It has nothing to do with movies or Bev, what it has to do with is you.
I have realized that you REALLY have nothing better to do than to sit in your desk chair and keep those fingers busy.
You write of “every waiter down on College Road has a screenplay to be sold”, yet you sit and write jingles…did you ‘drop out at ten’ also?

Just an observation.

2015 years 10 months ago

What’s this obsession regarding “anything Hollywood?” (Or should I say “anything Willywood?”) We need the governor HERSELF to introduce even the tiniest news about film productions or tax incentives? She has to PERSONALLY attend any meeting on incentives…and most of those meetings suddenly need to be on the West Coast?

I can picture she and Dick Powell in some early Busby Berkeley number….I can hear them singing now…..

DICK: So tell me all about your state.

BEV: We make MOVIES!

DICK: But don’t you also grow tobacco…corn…cotton…soy and cattle?

BEV: We make MOVIES!

DICK: But isn’t bio-med really big…and don’t you make billions off the pig?


BOTH (with chorus):

Hooray for Wilmington! We bribe the stars so they will gladly come.

Where every waiter down on College Road has a screenplay to be sold, even though he dropped out at ten,

..and every salesgirl in Mayfaire and Westfield knows that she could be the next de Havilland!

Hooray for Wilmington….

I’ve got a twenty that says the ship of state drops anchor every night at ten minutes to seven and she’s kicked back, legs up on the coffee table, flipping through People Magazine and waiting for her most important event of the day. The unemployment might top twelve percent, we might suddenly find another billion missing from the budget, but by God, NOTHING is going to cause her to miss Entertainment Tonight!

2015 years 10 months ago

North Carolina’s “incentive” is actually a tax rebate. The salary cap still in place prevents many of the “stars” from coming here, by the way. The reason we got this ONE project is the tank on Stage 10. Yes, hundreds of local crew will be employed and spending money in our local economy, but don’t let that get in the way of your vitriol.

2015 years 10 months ago

One of those idiots with a “- D” behind their name may read it. Saffo’s eyes could be rolling around and those tiny wheels could be turning right now.

2015 years 10 months ago

I shouldn’t mention we’re moving forward with plans for the International Curling Federation headquarters which will include 2 curling courts as well as a museum and gift shop.

Curling was such a thrilling sport to watch during the Winter Olympics.

Will be right next to the Sea Turtle Hospital.

If they can use stimulus money to revamp the NC Insect Museum and fund research on the impact of Yoga exercise on hot flashes, building the Curling Headquarters will do a whole lot more to promote jobs and stimulate the economy.

Think of all the foriegn tourists and athletes who will flock to Pender County. And they’ll be bringing the Euro and other foriegn currencies which will soon leave the Dollar in the dust.

I should have gotten out of Raleigh by now and returned to the sanity of the Island.

2015 years 10 months ago

Funny, when the Governor went to CA to lobby for film-making here in the Port City, you all pitched a bitch about the time & cost of that trip. Now that she’s brought home the bacon (as promised), you STILL tear her down.

Governor Perdue, my hat’s off to you – thanks for coming through for us – can’t wait for the excitement of having a cool movie filmed here, and seeing some of these creative Wilmington people back at work!! THANKS!

2015 years 10 months ago

hEY DONT COMPLAIN–she loves movies because she likes to tell tall stories–but dont blame her-we get what we elect–so remember that when you vote this year–i voted for her and that work of art in DC-was i ever wrong


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