Governor calls Wilmington news conference, expected to announce 'Iron Man 3'
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington will host an iron man triathlon this weekend, but it could also soon be home to the latest edition of the "Iron Man" movie franchise.

Gov. Bev Perdue has scheduled a 2:30 p.m. news conference for "an economic development announcement" at Screen Gems Studios.

In a news release, Screen Gems called said the governor "will announce exciting job and film industry news for EUE/Screen Gems Studios' Wilmington film production facility."

Sources told our affiliate station WTVD in Raleigh "Iron Man 3" will likely film in Wilmington and an announcement could come as early as today. Sources said the deal had not been signed as of last night.

Gov. Perdue is unlikely to announce the possibility of an announcement until all the details are finalized. Perdue's first visit to Wilmington as governor, on April 1, 2009, was marred by the last-minute cancellation of her planned announcement that Screen Gems Studios would be home to the shooting of the Nicholas Sparks/Miley Cyrus film "The Last Song." At the last minute, the deal fell through when producers decided to take the production, set in Wrightsville Beach, to the coast of Georgia, because of that state's better incentives. Perdue later called that her "most humbling day" as governor.

The project has been rumored to be headed for Wilmington for more than a month, after first being reported by the website LatinoReview.com, which cited sources inside Screen Gems Studios. The Detroit Free Press then reported that the Michigan Film Office said the Wolverine State had lost out on the production because of North Carolina's improved film incentives.

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Contrary to many of the comments I'm reading, I think this IS big news. For those of us who've been in and around the film industry, a movie of this magnitude shooting in the area is huge. If it is indeed coming, this will be the largest production this city/state has seen. (a movie with a $200,000,000 budget) The film industry is a unique part of our community. Not every city can say that they have a movie lot. This is more about RETAINING the MANY jobs for people who work in this industry and giving a HUGE boost to Screengem's here. Movies follow trends...if one big film comes..then others generally follow not long after. I Welcome the Governor and this announcement!!!

If this movie is filmed here...will it mean some character in a skin tight suit flying/buzzing around town during traffic rush hour? We don't need someone buzzing around town when traffic is heavy shooting missiles at some arch enemy. After all...what if one of those missiles hits the new Convention Center with no hotel next to it. What would that do to Councils chances of having one built then?...I ask you.
The Gov will probably announce that "At the last Minute"...the film fell through and is going to South Carolina or Georgia...or the previews before the movie will be put together here...WHOOOPS! Premature again :-(

You know this is a podunk state when the Governor announcing a movie project is treated as a big event.

I'm not sure which is more pathetic...the Governor, her bad self, thinking that this rises to the level of the office, or the collectively low self-esteem of the state and city for making a to-do about such nonsense.

If this is her idea of something that proves her mettle, therefore demonstrating she deserves re-election, she's clearly as clueless as the fools who voted for her.

a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country...I'd say this is HUGE and a HUGE deal...a movie this big hasn't been in Wilmington since Firestarter...

Your just being a little snot!

If Purdue still describes losing a movie deal as her "most humbling day," she must have been in a coma the morning after Election Day, 2010!

Does she still feels that it was her most humbling day after she was skewered nationally for suggesting that we cancel elections in 2012?

Man, that will create a lot of jobs and lower the unemployment by a few people! Gov. Perdue has not been in favor of any industries or businesses that could bring real growth to the area. Have fun at the beach.

Probably end up like the tire plant, killed by politics!

Probably end up like the tire plant, killed by politics!

And thanks, Lord knows our area needs whatever new jobs we can get. Thanks for delivering on your promise, Governor!

I sure hope she takes complete credit for it. It's not important otherwise but in her favor. She must have done it single handed with her Iron Fist. Maybe she can be Iron Man's Accomplice or Arch Enemy. She should get at least co-producer position.

So, how much did the taxpayers of North Carolina have to pay in incentives to get this production to come to Wilmington? Sure, the California transplants can use the work, but I'd like someone to break down the actual benefits to the community - something besides a regurgitated press release.

myself am on the fence with incentives...however LOCALLY....this is HUGE!!! These people spend money ALL OVER TOWN...

hopefully she will announce her resignation before her long weekend vacation at the beach.