What’s filming in Georgia in March 2023?

Simu Liu is in Amazon Prime action comedy "Grand Theft Lotto," Sarah Shahi is in an ABC pilot "Judgement" and Jack Black is in the new Farrelly Brothers film "Dear Santa." PUBLICITY PHOTOS/AJC FILE PHOTO



Simu Liu is in Amazon Prime action comedy "Grand Theft Lotto," Sarah Shahi is in an ABC pilot "Judgement" and Jack Black is in the new Farrelly Brothers film "Dear Santa." PUBLICITY PHOTOS/AJC FILE PHOTO

The production load for films and TV shows in Georgia remains around the same mid-30s range this month, comparable to what it was before the pandemic but below the same time periods in 2021 and 2022.

While Francis Ford Coppola’s self-financed big-budget “Megalopolis” starring Adam Driver, Dustin Hoffman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker and Aubrey Plaza just wrapped, other major films and TV series remain in action.

There’s the “Untitled Farrelly Brothers” listed on the film office site that is actually “Dear Santa” starring Jack Black. Black was recently seen in Decatur Square where a Christmas Village was built for the movie. Black worked with the Farrelly Brothers on the 2001 film “Shallow Hal.” This movie centers on a young boy who, in writing his yearly note to Santa, mixes up the letters and sends it to Satan instead. Others in the cast include Robert Timothy Smith, Keegan-Michael Key and Brianne Howey.

John Cena, Awkwafina and Simu Liu are shooting an Amazon Prime comedy called “Grand Theft Lotto” that is using the pseudonym “Jackpot.” (UPDATE: By late March, the correct name popped up on the film office site and pseudonym was gone.)

ABC continues to shoot “Will Trent” while NBC’s “Found” starring Shanola Hampton and Mark-Paul Gosselaar is about to wrap its 13 episodes for this fall. (The show was supposed to debut midseason but was pushed back.)

Peacock is shooting a new show called “Hysteria!” which follows a high school heavy metal band’s attempt to achieve fame by capitalizing on the satanic panic, only for actual murders to start happening.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” season 5 is in preproduction and will begin shooting in June, star David Harbour revealed earlier this month. Productionlist.com said the starting date is May 15.

“Sex/Life” star Sarah Shahi is starring in a new ABC pilot “Judgement,” a high-stakes legal soap in which she plays Mia Bahari in two distinct periods of her life, according to ABC. “In one, she’s a brilliant, successful Appeals Court judge being vetted for the U.S. Supreme Court … so long as her dark and painful secrets don’t derail the nomination. In another, she’s a young spitfire of an attorney, painfully awkward at times but ingenious when it comes to navigating the many nuances of the law.”

“The Pocketwatch” appears to be an upcoming American musical fantasy comedy film and spin-off to the “Descendants” franchise for Disney+.

The “Blade” reboot film starring Mahershala Ali is coming back into production in May after losing its director last fall and hiring a new one

The Georgia film office provides an ever-changing list of active productions, but it is not necessarily complete because production companies are not obligated to update the Georgia film office. For instance, Bravo recently spent months shooting “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” season 15 but it only briefly showed up on the list. If a company requests the production stay off the list or use a pseudonym, the film office will oblige. I also glean some titles from productionlist.com and other sources. (Georgia does provide an alphabetical directory of every production it has ever kept track of here.)

Some productions listed by the film office are not using their actual names, like the previously noted “Grand Theft Lotto.” The other known pseudonym on the list is “Holiday Road,” which is actually “The Family Plan” starring Mark Wahlberg for Apple TV+. “My Pretty” is actually “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” the spinoff of “WandaVision” on Disney+ featuring Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness. (Plaza, who was also doing “Megalopolis”) is joining that series as well.) Amazon has two active film projects titled “You’re Cordially Invited” and “Conrad” that appear to be fake names as well but I have yet to figure out what they actually are. (If you know, email me at rodney.ho@ajc.com. Someone did tell me she thinks “Conrad” is “Bad Boys 4,” which would be a bit of an inside joke since a character in the first three films is named Conrad Howard. “You’re Cordially Invited” might actually be the working name for a Reese Witherspoon/Will Ferrell comedy.)


“Country Club Scandal,” TV movie (no production company or distributor named)

“The Perfect In-Laws,” TV movie ( no production company or distributor named))

“You’re Cordially Invited,” Amazon Prime movie (probably not the actual name)

“Dear Santa,” movie starring Jack Black


“Average Joe” BET+

“Brat Loves Judy” season 3, WE-TV

“Call Me Now” TV movie

“Elevation” feature film

“Project Artemis” Apple TV+ starring Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson.

“Gotham Knights” season 1, the CW

“Origin,” feature film

“Your Baby or Mine,” TV movie


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