It’s Ongoing: ‘George & Tammy’ Starts Production in Wilmington, Other Projects End, State Budget Preserves Cinema Incentive


Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington is the base for several productions currently filming in Wilmington. (Photo by Port City Daily / Williams)

WILMINGTON – “George and Tammy” is back in Wilmington after a false start earlier this year.

Originally slated to begin filming in the spring, the title disappeared from the Wilmington Regional Film Commission website, only to return recently.

Last week, the production withdrew its first film licenses with the City of Wilmington for “motel room scenes” on Market Street, set to shoot in early December. The production will also be set up in a downtown lane and capture scenes from “outdoor music row” later this month.

Starring Michael Shannon as George Jones and Jessica Chastain as Tammy Wynette, the miniseries will chronicle the tumultuous relationship of the powerful couple in ’70s country music. The script is based on their daughter’s memoir, ” The three of us: Growing up with Tammy and George “.

Author Georgette Jones shared a photo of the cast and crew on her Facebook page on November 17:

“So happy to finally meet @jessicachastain and Michael Shannon. I am 100% sure they will do an amazing job portraying my parents in the streaming series George and Tammy. They went out of their way to be true to the real one. story and I am sure they will make us very proud. Many thanks to Abe Sylvia (writer) and the legendary TBone Burnett for all their hard work on this project as well. I am delighted that my parents’ story is revealed at the world next year I’m having trouble sleeping tonight because I’m so excited about tonight.

The miniseries will air exclusively to Spectrum Originals subscribers for nine months before hitting the new streaming service ViacomCBS and Paramount Network.

“George & Tammy” is one of five projects underway in Wilmington at the moment.

“Boys of Summer” is in pre-production but has yet to begin obtaining permits within city limits. When filming begins, the project will bring major star power and a familiar face to Wilmington. Mel Gibson stars as a detective in this fantasy thriller alongside Mason Thames, the child actor of “The Black Phone”, also shot in Wilmington earlier this year.

Continuing production in Wilmington, “Our Kind of People” is already launching its first season on FOX. So far, seven of the 12 hour-long episodes have aired. Recently, the project pulled filming permits for the riverside restaurant Pilot House and built a mausoleum-like structure in Bellevue Cemetery, visible from Princess Place Drive. The show also features the renovated No.2 Fire Station on Castle Street and the Cape Fear Country Club near Oleander Drive.

Netflix’s upcoming series “Florida Man” has secured permits in recent weeks for the office of the International Longshoremen’s Union on South 5th Avenue, a commercial patio along the Riverwalk, and a luxury home on Country Club Road. Its release date has not yet been announced.

“Echoes” is the third filming project currently in Wilmington. No release date has been announced for this Netflix series either. Scenes could potentially feature the YMCA on Market Street, Verandas Bed and Breakfast Inn, Cape Fear Country Club, Molly Pitcher’s American Grill, Jess James + Co., MedNorth Health Center, One Tree Hill Way Bridge, Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar , Graystone Inn and U Drop we fix.

“One True Loves” ended the week of November 13th. Marvel’s “Shang-Chi” actor Simu Liu stars in this love triangle film, based on a novel by popular writer Taylor Jenkins Reid. While in Cape Fear, Liu stopped by UNCW to play a game with the men’s volleyball club. He was also part of a sketch on “Saturday Night Live”, which he hosted on November 20, and winked at Cape Fear in “Karaoke Recap”.

In town, “One True Loves” took photos of Winnie’s Tavern, Finkelsteins Music, Pomegranate Books, the Music & Arts store, the New Hanover County Courthouse, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the Cotton Exchange, Indochina and downtown Riverwalk .

Other projects to be completed in recent months include Netflix’s “Along For The Ride”, “Line Sisters”, “One Summer”, “Christmas In Harmony”, “Breakwater” and “The Summer I Turned Pretty”.

The recent success of Wilmington’s film industry is expected to continue into the new year. The newly adopted state budget relaxed the criteria for projects to receive an incentive from the Cinema and Entertainment Grants Fund.

Feature films can now be subsidized with budgets of $ 1.5 million, instead of $ 3 million, and TV movies can reap the rewards when they spend $ 500,000 instead of $ 1 million. dollars.

TV series will only need to spend $ 500,000 per episode, instead of $ 1 million, to meet grant standards.

The requirements for the ads will remain the same, with a budget of $ 250,000 needed to qualify for the incentive. Grants will remain capped at $ 7 million for feature films and $ 250,000 for commercials, but a single season of a television series can now receive up to $ 15 million, instead of the previous limit of 12. millions of dollars.

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