What’s Filming Where, Including IRON MAN 3, DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE TOMB, ENDER’S GAME and More
You’re driving down the street, and it’s suddenly blocked off. You notice these weird yellow signs with nonsensical letters or numbers. There’s unusual glow lighting up a neighborhood you can’t usually see from your house. What you might have here is a film company shooting in your town. It happens a lot, and you never know where they might pop up…until now.
The following is a semi-comprehensive list of films currently shooting, what they’re shooting, and where they’re shooting. We’ll be telling you where you might get to see the very famous, the kinda famous and (if all goes well) the soon-to-be famous. While we can’t list every single movie, television show, or student film in production, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the heck is going on where all those people are buzzing about. Want to know where in the world are Matt Damon, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Harrelson, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Hit the jump for more.
DISCLAIMER — This is NOT an invitation to head on over and wave to the cameras. Truth be told, most film companies would prefer that the general public keep their distance. Not because they’re stuck up, but sometimes it’s not conducive to make a movie with a large crowd in attendance. The other truth (just between you and me?) is that movie making is one of the most boring processes to watch. For every minute or two of action, there’s an hour or more of crew-members moving equipment, adjusting lights, and asking for everyone to stay out of the way.
That being said, if you’re still game, and have nothing better to do, grab a lawn chair and a bucket of popcorn, and take in the making of a movie!
Big Movies, Big Names
Iron Man 3:
42: Chattanooga, TN. – Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Robin Hood, Payback) directs Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, John C. McGinley and Jon Bernthal in the life story of Jackie Robinson and his historic integration into the major leagues.
Out of the Furnace: Pittsburgh, PA. – Christian Bale and Casey Affleck star as two brothers trying to escape their Rust Belt roots. When one of them is murdered by a vicious gang, the other must decide whether to walk away or exact bloody vengeance. What do you think he opts for? Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) the cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard and Willem Dafoe.
Django Unchained: New Orleans,
Bitter Pill: New York, N.Y. – Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum are the three sides of this love triangle in what director Steven Soderbergh has termed a “psychopharmacological thriller.” That’s a big pill to swallow.
The Tomb: New Orleans, LA. –
Promised Land: Pittsburgh, PA. – Matt Damon and co-star John Krasinski co-wrote this screenplay about a pair of gas company salespeople (Damon and Frances McDormand) who travel to an economically depressed rural town to secure the drilling rights to their properties, and are faced with opposition by townsfolk Krasinski and Hal Holbrook. Once planned as Damon’s directorial debut, his schedule forced him to hand over the directorial reins to his Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant.
Ender’s Game: New Orleans,
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: New York, N.Y. – Ben Stiller directs and stars in this long in development remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye (anyone remember him, I hope?) comedy. Stiller portrays a milquetoast magazine proofreader who leads an adventure-filled fantasy life until a series of events force him to face reality head on. Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt and Adam Scott may or may not exist in Mitty’s world.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: Vancouver, BC. – Percy (Logan Lerman) and his pals (Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson) take on the other-worldy quest to traverse the Sea of Monsters and retrieve the legendary Golden Fleece. Nathan Fillion, Missi Pyle, Anthony Head and Yvette Nicole Brown join the cast.
The Lone Ranger: Albuquerque, N.M. – “A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty…” well, you know the rest. Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp return us to those thrilling days of yesteryear with the help of director Gore Verbinski. The Lone Ranger rides again!
A Little Smaller, But More Big Names
Grown Ups 2: Cape Cod, MA. –
You Are Here: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C. –How is Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner spending his summer vacation? By directing Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis as two childhood friends who take a road trip so that one of them can claim a sizable inheritance from his father’s estate. Somewhere along the road, they meet up with Amy Poehler.
Stand Up Guys: Los Angeles, CA. – Al Pacino and Christopher Walken are a pair of con men who get the old gang together for one last hurrah. Alan Arkin joins the fun under the direction of Fisher Stevens.
The End of the World: New Orleans, LA. – It started out as a funny little
Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight: Washington, D.C. – And in this corner…the United States Government! Stephen Frears directs this HBO production, which chronicles the battle between the champ (seen in archival footage) and the courts due to his refusal to serve in the armed forces. Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover, Frank Langella, Benjamin Walker, Barry Levinson, Bob Balaban and Ed Begley Jr. also star.
Kill Your Darlings: New York,
Beautiful Creatures: New Orleans, LA. – The screen adaptation of the first book in another popular young adult fantasy series. A local teenager (Alice Englert) and a newcomer (Jack O’Connell) to a small southern town are drawn to each other and uncover secrets about their families. Richard LaGravenese (P.S. I Love You) directs from his screenplay adaptation. The young leads are surrounded by the talents of Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Viola Davis.
Identity Thief: Atlanta, GA. – Director Seth Gordon re-teams with his Horrible Bosses star Jason Bateman as the hapless victim of Melissa McCarthy, who steals his identity. The cast also boasts Jon Favreau, John Cho, Amanda Peet and Morris Chestnut.
Is that it? Heck no, there are plenty of other films here and there, and we’ll get as many as we can as we update the list. If there’s a big movie shooting in your town that we missed, drop us a note in the comments and we’ll make sure to include it on the next go-round.