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.
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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.”