‘Secret Headquarters’ film shooting at Gwinnett Place Mall and it’s 1987

"Stranger Things" is back at Gwinnett Place Mall and but it's a new fake mall name and movies from the summer of 1987. RODEY HO/rho@ajc.com
"Stranger Things" is back at Gwinnett Place Mall and but it's a new fake mall name and movies from the summer of 1987. RODEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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It’s shooting in the same location as “Stranger Things” did in 2018

It’s 1980s déjà vu at Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth where a Paramount superhero film “Secret Headquarters” is building in the same location that Netflix’s “Stranger Things” had built out its set three years ago.

While the “Stranger Things” Starcourt Mall was set in 1985, this Chadsworth Mall appears to be set in the summer of 1987 given the movies listed in the multi-plex.

The film is in pre-production and set to start filming May 25, according to ProductionList.com. It’s set to shoot in Los Angeles and Atlanta. One of the executive producers is Jerry Bruckheimer, known for films such as “Top Gun,” “National Treasure,” “Bad Boys” and the “CSI” TV franchise.

IMDb provided a summary of the movie: “Young Charlie Kincaid, who discovers a secret headquarters under his home that seems to belong to a superhero. He shares it with his friends, and they start to believe that his estranged father might have a secret double life.” The directors are Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who shot the 2020 film “Power Project” starring Jamie Foxx.

Casting has not been announced.

During season three of “Stranger Things,” a portion of the interior of the then largely empty mall was turned into a 1980s flashback featuring stores such as Wicks N’ Sticks, Hot Dog on a Stick, Chess King and Sam Goody. By season’s end, the fictional Starcourt Mall was largely destroyed when it was discovered Russians had built a secret base underneath it. The season aired in the summer of 2019.

Paramount recently built a marquee on Gwinnett Place Mall’s northside with four films listed: “The Lost Boys,” “Robocop,” “Predator” and “Full Metal Jacket.” There is also a Radio Shack advertised.

“The Lost Boys,” starring Corey Haim and Kiefer Sutherland, came out July 31, 1987. “Robocop” starring Peter Weller hit theaters July 17, 1987. “Predator,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers, arrived June 12, 1987. “Full Metal Jacket,” starring Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio, was released nationwide June 26, 1987.

The entire interior of Gwinnett Place Mall now is closed off.

Gwinnett County earlier this month purchased 39 acres of the mall property for $23 million, including the main mall building. Anchor tenants Macy’s, Korean supermarket Mega Mart and Beauty Master own their own property and remain open.

The entrances into the mall from those three stores are now blocked off. A row of dresses blocks the Beauty Master entrance into interior mall space Paramount is building out. The county is using part of the space as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

The Sears anchor store closed the same year “Stranger Things” shot there in 2018.

As I peered around trying to get inside, a security guard asked me if I was part of production. I wasn’t, so she shooed me away.

The interior of Gwinnett Place Mall is entirely closed now, and Netflix is using part of it to shoot 'Stranger Things." RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com
The interior of Gwinnett Place Mall is entirely closed now, and Netflix is using part of it to shoot 'Stranger Things." RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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Credit: RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.om

All entrances into Gwinnett Place Mall's interior are blocked off. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com
All entrances into Gwinnett Place Mall's interior are blocked off. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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Credit: RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

The second floor entrance into Gwinnett Place Mall from Macy's is closed off. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com
The second floor entrance into Gwinnett Place Mall from Macy's is closed off. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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Credit: RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

A typical sign in an entrance into Gwinnett Place Mall. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com
A typical sign in an entrance into Gwinnett Place Mall. RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com

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Credit: RODNEY HO/RH

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