The Georgia film industry took a big hit with COVID-19, but it’s on track for a major comeback. In a statement by Governor Kemp, the “major motion picture, television, and streaming companies plan to bring back and hire an estimated 40,000 production workers, who will be employed on an expected seventy-five production projects that will invest over $2 billion into the Georgia economy during the next eighteen months.”
With the film industry coming back online, we’ll see a boost to the estimated 17,000 companies who support the film industry in some way.
“Production companies want to be in Georgia and create tens of thousands of jobs for workers across the state, and today’s announcement is welcome news as we continue safely reopening our state,” Governor Kemp said. “I thank the Georgia Film Office for their work during the pandemic, and I thank the production companies who always vowed to return to Georgia when the time was right for them to safely get back to work.”
Georgia Film Commission says 14 productions are now in preproduction or have started filming. An article from Deadline claims there are several others beginning early prep work.
What’s Filming in August?
1000 LB Sisters
Synopsis: Tipping the scales at over 1,000 pounds combined, the Slaton sisters try to lose enough weight to qualify for and undergo life-changing bariatric surgery and pursue their dreams.
Synopsis: Details for the movie have not been released.
Dead Silent Season 4
Synopsis: Transporting viewers into what Investigation Discovery calls “a vortex of dark mystery and psychological terror,” the docuseries “Dead Silent” delves into actual stories of crimes set in desolate locations. Hourlong episodes portray just how dark and dreary the great outdoors can be when a person is deep in the woods, inside an abandoned house, or along the shores of a sleepy lake, and every snap of a twig and unidentified rustle can be a sign of danger. ID’s signature storytelling interweaves commentary from local authorities, true-crime experts, and psychologists, plus first-person accounts from survivors of these crimes.
Synopsis: Personalities from the country’s most popular radio shows in major markets present their takes on pop culture, celebrity scandals and the news of the day. “Dish Nation” focuses on the comedic side of the breaking entertainment news format. Memorable moments from the radio show come alive with animation, images and video footage from the radio studios. The featured radio personalities include Rickey Smiley and Heidi Hamilton.
Synopsis: The venerable courtroom show takes a look at real-life divorcing couples. The soon-to-be exes tell their stories to the judge, who gives the ruling and settles all the usual — and unusual — divorce issues by the end of the episode. This is the third incarnation of the show titled “Divorce Court,” with the first having premiered in 1957.
Don’t Waste Your Pretty
Synopsis: Details have not been released
Synopsis: Double Kidnapped is an indie film. No other details are available about the production.
Dwight in Shining Armor Season 2
Synopsis: Teenager Dwight falls into an underground chamber and awakens a warrior princess, whom he is spellbound to protect from her enemies.
Synopsis: Extortion is an indie film. No other details are available about the production.
Synopsis: Steve Harvey is bringing back production of the hardy game show “Family Feud” next week to Atlanta.
Synopsis: ‘Home Safe’ is an indie film. No other details are available about the production.
Jeff’s Treasure Hunt
Synopsis: Jeff Foxworthy Live Treasure Hunt series.
Little Women Atlanta
Synopsis: The ladies featured on “Little Women: Atlanta” include twins Amanda and Andrea; “Mama Bear” Ashley, who harbors a secret that could be her downfall among the other members of the group; shy Bri, who can wreak havoc when she is challenged; Tiffany, who is searching for a life plan and a steady paycheck after quitting her job; and group leader Emily, who is in a rocky relationship with her boyfriend.
Mama June Season 5
Synopsis: Mama June: From Not to Hot is an American reality television series that airs on We TV. The show premiered on February 24, 2017, and is a spin-off of the TLC reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The show documents June “Mama June” Shannon’s weight loss transformation from 460 to 160 pounds (209 to 73 kg).
Married to Medicine
Synopsis: Bravo has one successful reality show about socialite women in Atlanta, so what’s next on its docket? A second reality show about socialite women in Atlanta, of course. The difference with this show is that all of the women featured are either doctors themselves or the wives of doctors. Cameras follow the ladies as they try to juggle their careers with family lives and their social calendars. The cast of Georgia peaches includes busy mom Toya, feisty Quad, and a couple of OB-GYNs, Jacqueline and Simone.
The Netflix Hit Ozark is rumored to be returning to filming this August. The details are a little hazy right now, but one thing we do know is that Season 4 of Ozark will feature two separate seven-episode runs, for a total of 14, and “mark the final chapter in the Byrde family’s journey from suburban Chicago life to their criminal enterprise in the Ozarks,” according to Netflix. Watch this space for more details.
Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 13
Synopsis: The Atlanta housewives continue to live their fabulous lives in Georgia’s capital city in this incarnation of the popular reality TV franchise. Relationships, a staple of the `Real Housewives’ shows, take centre stage as usual as the ladies’ love lives experience ups and downs. The sassy women’s entrepreneurial spirits are also in full bloom as they juggle their personal and professional lives, along with their busy personal calendars.
Another Netflix Original, Red Notice, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Ryan Reynolds was in the middle of filming when the pandemic hit, and was forced to shut down.
Johnson announced his production company would resume filming the Netflix film ‘Red Notice’ in a “quarantined bubble” next month. The announcement was made on Saturday in a message and video via his Instagram account. All signs point to production firing back up during August, but we could be looking at September before filming starts.
Sistas Season 2
Synopsis: Written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, Sistas” follows a group of single black women as they navigate the ups-and-downs of modern life, which includes careers, friendships, romances, and even social media. The comedy-drama series features Andi Barnes, an ambitious divorce lawyer, Danni King, a funny and fearless airport employee, Karen Mott, a street-smart hair salon owner, and Sabrina Hollins, a smart and stylish bank teller. The TV show takes viewers on a roller coaster ride of emotions and moments that epitomize “squad goals.”
The Go-Big Show
Synopsis: Details were not released.
Synopsis: Details were not released
The Oval Season 2
Synopsis: Written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, “The Oval” is a political drama series on BET. It tells the story of U.S President Hunter Franklin and first lady Victoria Franklin, a power-hungry interracial couple, who present a perfect facade to the world while indulging in wildly scandalous behavior behind closed doors. Not to be outdone, their children — Gayle and Jason — bring their own brands of volatility and excess to the Executive Residence. The soap opera-style series also tells the stories of White House staff members whose lives become intertwined with those of the first family. Head butler Richard Hallsen is an ex-serviceman who struggles to maintain his integrity in the face of greed and corruption. In “The Oval,” Tyler Perry supercharges the political genre with off-the-charts levels of scandal, sex, depravity, and betrayal.
The Ride That Got Away
Synopsis: Courtney Hansen and Troy Ladd reunite people with special vehicles they remember from earlier in their lives.
The Walking Dead – Season 10
The Walking Dead is supposed to begin filming in late August, according to reports. The show was forced to stop production for season 10 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The finale episode will air this fall, according to Digital Spy. A spin-off series, the Walking Dead: World Beyond, will also air in the US.
Movies or shows that have wrapped this month
Sistas Season 2 – wrapped on July 29th
As more productions are announced this month, we’ll continue to update this list. We’ll also try to add film sign codes as we find them out.
Tyler Perry Studios is currently filming all of their projects at the stages, and keeping the entire crew in housing made next to the film stages.
Check back often for updates!
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