As more productions around the globe resume during the pandemic, feature films are starting to make a return to the industry in Georgia.
In 2019, the 391 film and television productions filmed in Georgia supported 3,040 motion picture and television industry businesses.
Back in July, Gov. Brian Kemp estimated 40,000 production workers will gain employment as 75 production projects are expected to launch over the next 18 months.
As of today, there are at least 29 active TV shows and films in progress throughout the state, which include two upcoming films “Red Notice” and “Samaritan”.
Both action dramas halted production back in March and are now picking back up.
Here’s a look at some of the other productions being made right now.
Production for “Red Notice,” a Netflix original film produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has begun again. According to the Georgia Film Office, the MGM production is one of the few feature films being made right now in the state. Johnson shared his excited to return to set late last month on his Instagram.
“Like so many of us here in the US and around the world - getting back can be a tough decision that work requires real consideration and strategic planning around best health practices and safety measures. I’m happy to announce our RED NOTICE production will resume shooting next month in mid-September. Thank you to our tremendous partners at NETFLIX who’ve joined us shoulder to shoulder to provide the safest and most aggressive “quarantined bubble” for our production crew as possible, Johnson wrote.
Last week, the Powder Springs resident revealed he and his family were recovering from COVID-19.
“I'm confident in our safety strategy and execution, but we’ll also be fluid and amenable to best practice changes on the fly. Stay healthy and stay disciplined, my friends as you all get back to work,” Johnson said.
You may spot Sylvester Stallone back at Busy Bee’s Café in the coming weeks. The star and the rest of the cast and crew of “Samaritan” are starting production again.
The upcoming MGM thriller was originally slated to hits theaters in December of 2020, but production was halted as a safety precaution back in March.
Earlier this year, Stallone gave fans the surprise of a lifetime when he spent some days off set at Busy Bee’s Café in downtown Atlanta.
Stallone says he ate and spoke with some “interesting customers who were lot of fun and loved movies. I’ll be back. To quote a friend of mine”.
For fans who don’t get the reference, Stallone was referring to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s iconic role in “The Terminator.
"Samaritan" is Stallone's next major motion picture. It’s a thriller about a young boy who is out to discover a mythical superhero after disappearing 20 years earlier, following a tragic event.
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