Although Georgia remains a hot spot for COVID-19 cases, more production studios are getting back into gear this month including Netflix’s “Ozark,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Red Notice.”
Only a handful of shows — mostly reality programs — lurched back to life last month, including longtime Bravo shows “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Married to Medicine,” as well as Tyler Perry’s drama “Sistas” on BET.
All production closed in March and remained so until June with only a couple of exceptions. (Syndicated gossip show “Dish Nation” for instance, was able to come back sooner remotely.)
The Georgia office website as of Monday had 20 films and TV showslisted as “active” in the state. That is about half of the normal number before the pandemic. (The film office site updates regularly, so the number may have changed by the time you read this.)
Several other series and movies not listed are also scheduled to come back or launch soon, based on information provided to local unions.
Johnson’s “Red Notice,” which also stars Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, was in the middle of production when it shut down in March, and Johnson himself on social media over the weekend wrote, “I’m happy to announce our “Red Notice” production will resume shooting next month in mid-September. Thank you to our tremendous partners at Netflix who’ve joined us shoulder to shoulder to provide the safest and most aggressive “quarantined bubble” for our production crew as possible. I’m confident in our safety strategy and execution, but we’ll also be fluid and amenable to best practice changes on the fly.”
“Ozark” will start its fourth and final season while “The Walking Dead” is planning to do six episodes this year and add them onto the 10th season.
NatGeo’s “Genuis: Aretha” about Aretha Franklin is going to be back in gear soon as well, as will Disney+‘s “Loki.” The Disney+ miniseries “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which had largely wrapped in March, will return for a few more scenes.
Perry is also planning seasons two of BET+ streaming series, “Ruthless” and “Bruh,” after he finishes “The Oval” this month. Other films planning to be in Georgia soon include “The Conjuring 3,” “Anchor Point,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Serenity Now.”
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