♦ Set to begin shooting in Atlanta in November, Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, has recently added Jon Bernthal to its already stacked cast. Bernthal, best known for The Walking Dead and for his role as Punisher in the current Marvel TV universe, joins the film as NASA astronaut, Dave Scott, who walks on the moon. He joins previously cast Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, Kyle Chandler as test pilot Deke Slayton, and Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin. The film tells the story of NASA’s space race to get the first man on the moon, focusing specifically on Armstrong’s role as that titular man. Casting has been taking place this summer in Atlanta for supporting roles. The film is set for an October 2018 release.
♦ Beloved Atlanta landmark The Plaza Theatre has been sold to the director of the Atlanta Film Society, Christopher Escobar. The theatre has been operating since 1939 on Ponce de Leon Avenue and is Atlanta’s oldest movie theatre. The sale comes after current owner Michael Furlinger of Furlinger Cinema Services set out to give the theatre new life with state-of-the art technology and giving the theatre itself a complete renovation. These changes helped to see the attendance rise by 500 percent in the past four years. Escobar has already helped carry on the spirit of Plaza Theatre through his work with Atlanta Film Society and Furlinger has complete faith that this change will help see the theatre to the next level.
♦ Syfy has set a release date for Superstition, it’s upcoming series that has been filming in Atlanta this year. The series tells the story of the Hastings family who own La Rochelle, Georgia’s only funeral home. The town is home to haunted houses, cemeteries, and odd cast of characters, and spooky goings-ons. The Hastings family is deeply rooted in the town’s secretive history. Barry Gordon (XLrator) and Mario Van Peebles (MVPTV) are producing with Van Peebles also writing, directing, and starring some episodes. The series premiere is set for Friday, October 6 at 10/9c.
♦ Things are getting even more spooky in Atlanta in October with Netflix’s adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House set to start shooting. Written and directed by Mike Flanagan (Ouija, Oculus), the 10-episode series is produced by Paramount TV and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson and has previously been adapted to film twice with the title The Haunting in 1963 and 1999. The series will star star Timothy Hutton (American Crime), Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Michael Huisman (Game of Thrones), Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight), Kate Siegel (Hush) and Henry Thomas (E.T.).
♦ Atlanta filmed The War with Grandpa has seen a third change to its release date. The family comedy is now set for February 23, 2018, shifting from October 20, 2017. The film is based on the bestseller by Robert Kimmel Smith and tells the story of a boy named Peter (Oakes Fegley) and his Grandpa Jack (Robert De Niro). They see their once solid relationship put in turmoil when Jack moves in with the family and takes Peter’s prized bedroom. War ensues as Peter and his friends scheme and plot to drive Grandpa Jack out, but he’s not going down without a fight. Directed by Tim Hill, the film also stars Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour and Faizon Love.