Sources we trust tell Ashvegas that the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Catching Fire, will not be filmed in North Carolina. Parts of the first movie were filmed in and around WNC.
Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games series, will film in Atlanta, Georgia, Celebuzz can confirm.
The first film was shot on location in North Carolina; now, we can reveal brand-new details on what exactly will be shot in Atlanta.
Sources close to the production tell us various locations in Georgia are currently being looked at for “Victor’s Village” in District 12 — the affluent neighborhood where winners of the Hunger Games live.
A friend who works bringing filmmakers to our area tells me that a shoot on the scale of The Hunger Games dumps money into our local economy to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars–every day the crew is here. Expenses include feeding and housing the actors and entire crew for months on end, as well as oddball occasional purchases like an entire nursery’s worth of blue and yellow flowers.
Loss of future Hunger Games movies is a blow to the WNC film industry, and a disappointment to local officials and film industry workers who worked to convince Lionsgate to film in our area.
More as it comes in.
UPDATED 6:54 p.m.: From the N.C. Film Commision, good news for our state’s film industry. The sunset date for the tax incentive offered to film productions by the state has been extended an extra year:
Now set to expire on January 1, 2015, the film tax incentive offers a 25% refundable tax credit to production companies on their qualified in-state spend whose total spend is at least $250,000.
The extension of the sunset date was presented in Senate bill 847 and received bi-partisan support from both the Senate and the House on July 3. The bill was signed by Governor Bev Perdue on July 17.
“We are excited to share this news with the industry and let them know that North Carolina continues to be a great location for their projects,” said North Carolina Film Office director Aaron Syrett. “Our incentive remains one of the smartest in the business and when coupled with our talented crew base and variety of locations, we see this industry remaining strong in our state.”