What is filming in Georgia in October 2020?

John Cena is in metro Atlanta right now shooting the comedy movie "Vacation Friends" with Lil Rel Howery.
John Cena is in metro Atlanta right now shooting the comedy movie "Vacation Friends" with Lil Rel Howery.

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Credit: Tommaso Boddi

“The Resident" and “Legacies” are back in production.

The number of projects shooting in Georgia has remained flat for the past two months, running about 25 percent behind the amount of business a year ago before the pandemic.

After a shutdown in March, there was a quick ramp up in July and August that has since stalled. On August 24, Georgia had 29 active productions. In September, the state had 26.

Currently, the number is 27, according to the Georgia film office, which maintains an active list on its website that changes every few days. I have been tracking the numbers regularly during the past 16 months, so there is a running tab on what is coming and going because the film office does not provide historical data. A year ago, the number of active projects was hovering around 35.

Molly Coffee, a local production designer who keeps a close watch on productions in the state, said many films and TV shows, already saddled with additional COVID-related extra costs, are waiting to start up in January so they don’t have to shoulder the financial burden of shutting down over the Christmas holiday season. She expects production activity to pick up sharply in January.

“The question of whether films will be able to play in theaters is keeping movies from starting up that would project to play in theaters normally,” Coffee added.

Here are the seven new and revived productions added over the past month:

  • Disney+'s TV series “Loki,” which goes by the pseudonym “Architect." This was a series shut down in March because of the pandemic.
  • Gerard Butler cop drama “Copshop.”
  • NGC’s “Genius: Aretha Franklin,” which also was shut down in March and is coming back.
  • Season 3 of CW’s 'Legacies"
  • WarnerMedia game show “The Cube” with Dwyane Wade as host.
  • Season 4 of Fox’s “The Resident”
  • “World Chase Tag” a competitive game show
  • Shows that wrapped production this past month:
  • “Dead of Night” Snapchat
  • “Family Feud” syndicated show
  • “Girl in the Basement” Lifetime movie
  • “Good Eats” Food Network
  • Season 5 of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners”
  • “Southern Gospel” indie film

After a busy summer, Tyler Perry has not announced his next round of productions yet. And CBS’s “MacGyver” has not announced when it will be back either.

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Credit: Georgia film office

  • June 14, 2019: 37
  • July 2, 2019: 40
  • July 22, 2019: 46
  • Sept. 5, 2019: 42
  • Oct. 9, 2019: 35
  • Nov. 11, 2019: 36
  • Dec. 5, 2019: 31
  • Feb. 7, 2020: 34
  • March 10, 2020: 39
  • July 16, 2020: 13
  • Aug. 3, 2020: 20
  • Aug. 24, 2020: 29
  • Sept. 29, 2020: 26
  • Oct. 26, 2020: 27

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