- By Kari Apted For the AJC
Everyone knows that Atlanta is known as the Hollywood of the South. Famous for being the locale of such hit TV series as “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things”, ATL is also known as a rising hot spot for film production. With the “Hunger Games” trilogy and the multiple feature films produced here by Tyler Perry, The Peach City continues to attract big-league productions.
According to Project Casting, the following 9 films are either currently in production or slated to begin filming in Atlanta in 2017.
This star-studded Marvel Comics film will spotlight virtually every character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man.
Anthony and Joe Russo will direct "Avengers: Infinity War" and the following fourth, currently unnamed, film in the series. Both movies will be shot back-to-back in Atlanta, entirely with IMAX cameras. Starring roles include Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star Lord, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Steven Strange, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Another film from the Marvel Universe, "Black Panther" centers around T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman. This ruler of the kingdom of Wakanda must defend his land from multiple enemies that attack at every turn. Other big names include Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger.
Based on Alexandra Bracken's young adult trilogy, this sci-fi thriller focuses on Ruby, a 16-year-old girl who survives a pandemic that annihilates 98% of America's children and teenagers. Ruby and her fellow survivors develop superpowers and are placed into internment camps. Ruby escapes and joins a group of teenagers on the run from the government.
"The Darkest Minds" is being produced by Shawn Levy and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who is best known for directing the "Kung Fu Panda" animated films. This will be her first live-action film.
This action-packed drama is currently in pre-production in Atlanta. Starring Gerard Butler and directed by Christian Gudegast, "Den of Thieves" is the story of a notorious bank robber who gets stuck between two sets of criminals while planning a heist at the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve.
Director Craig Gillespie and actor Margot Robbie come together to tell the dramatic story of competitive figure skater, Tonya Harding. After rising to the top of her sport, scandal ensued as Harding's husband and his hired thugs were caught trying to incapacitate her leading competition by breaking the other skater's leg. This sport-centric biography tells a true story of naked ambition and the ultimate price of pursuing it.
This biographical gothic thriller tells the horrifying tale of Lizzie Borden, the notorious American who was tried and acquitted for ax-murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. Starring Chloe Sevigny as Borden and Kristen Stewart as family maid, Bridget Sullivan, "Lizzie" is directed by Craig William MacNeill.
"Misfortune" is a modern retelling of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," which was produced in 1948. It captures the story of three friends on a wilderness excursion trying to outrun a white-collar criminal who abandoned everything to start a new life after embezzling a client's fortune. The three friends end up with his money, but then turn against one another as the cat-and-mouse chase intensifies. Starring John Cusack as the businessman, Miller, the film is directed by Lucky McKee.
Starring Ruby Rose, Anna Kendrick and Hailee Steinfeld, this third installment in the musical series focuses again on the ups and downs of the Barden Bellas competitive singing group. Plot details are currently unavailable, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has released one revealing detail: get ready to have a Merry Pitchmas 2017.
Plot details are forthcoming, but for now we know that "Rampage" stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and is based around the classic 1986 video game of the same name. Rampage, the video game, features three giant monsters: a lizard, a gorilla and a wolf. The three monsters destroy cities and American landmarks while dodging rounds shot by helicopters and tanks. Presumably, in the film, these efforts will be led by Johnson, who will be directed by Brad Peyton.