June’s been an exceptionally busy month for film and television production in Atlanta. We’ve got a full house of movies, shows, and everything in between. Here’s what we saw and where we saw it.
Lovecraft Country (production code: RP) is a new series being shot currently for HBO. It’s being produced by Jordan Peele, Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. The show is based on a novel of the same name, written by Matt Ruff. In it, a man travels across America in the 1950s, encountering not only racism, but Lovecraftian monsters (think: Cthulhu) as well. We first saw signs of production for this series in Newnan on June 6. The series continued to film there between the 10th and the 11th. Signs were placed at I-285 and Bouldercrest Road in Gresham Park on June 15. On June 17, crews were spotted back in Newnan. A basecamp was seen at Newnan High School on June 21. More signs were up in Covington along Flat Shoals Road on the 23rd. The next day, filming returned once more to Newnan. Lovecraft Country stars Johnathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Wunmi Mosaku, Aunjanue Ellis, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Abbey Lee.
Also new this month, Waldo (WDO), a feature film starring Charlie Hunnam, Mel Gibson, Eiza Gonzalez, and Dominic Monaghan. Waldo is about a former police officer who resigned in disgrace. After moving to the woods in search of a more peaceful life, he’s recruited by a private eye to help investigate a murder. This film was spotted around Arabia Mountain near Lithonia on June 6. Crews were also seen in the area on June 13. Filming took place near the Riverside area on the 17th. June 18 took the production back out to Arabia Mountain. Most recently, a restaurant scene was shot in Tucker at the Blue Ribbon Grill on Lavista Road.
Greenland (GLD) is a thriller starring Gerard Butler that’s recently begun production. The film will follow a family struggling to survive after a major natural disaster. Filming has taken place mostly in Marietta thus far, with signs up near the square from June 18. See more at Atlanta Magazine.