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'Iron Man 3' to be filmed in NC

Posted October 27, 2011

— Filming for the motion picture "Iron Man 3" will take place over a 10-month period in Wilmington, generating more than $80 million for North Carolina and creating hundreds of jobs, Gov. Bev Perdue announced Thursday.

The movie's production is expected to create about 550 crew jobs and more than 1,000 talent opportunities.

Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito said the region's unique filming opportunities will benefit the film's look.

EUE/Screen Gems Studio says motion picture executives at Marvel considered locations in Los Angeles, Michigan and New Mexico before deciding Wilmington had the right mix of space, talent, and taxpayer incentives.

Since 2010, North Carolina has offered a 25 percent tax credit as an incentive for production companies that spend a minimum of $250,000 in the state.

So far this year, 29 productions have set up offices throughout out the state and have spent more than $200 million while creating more than 3,000 crew, 500 talent and 21,000 background talent jobs

"'Iron Man 3' will add to this record-breaking year and carry over into 2012," Perdue said.

The third installment of the Marvel Comics superhero series stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a wealthy industrialist who uses technology to help fight crime.

Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle are also reportedly starring in the film.

Pre-production is expected to start soon, with filming – the largest production to shoot in the state – beginning next summer at EUE/Screen Gem.

A release date is expected sometime in 2013.

Highlights of this year’s productions include the features "The Hunger Games" and "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" as well as the TV series "Homeland," "Eastbound and Down" and "One Tree Hill."

In addition to "One Tree Hill," Wilmington has served as the filming spot for TV shows like "Dawson's Creek" and movies like "Sleeping With the Enemy" and "Weekend at Bernie's."

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  • btneast Oct 28, 10:36 a.m.

    To those who think a few hundred jobs is all that this brings to the State please do some reading. A production of this size fills hotels, restaurants and considerably helps many small businesses who have nothing to do with the movie.

    Yes, the hospitality folks will get some business from this, but as far as filling hotels, as in plural, I seriously doubt that. Only the folks that are directly involved in the shooting that day are in town that day. The whole cast and crew don't move down to Wilmington for the entire duration. There is a core group that is mostly always there, but not to the extent that some of you think. Once the work on the movie that will happen in Wilmington(some of it will happen elsewhere) is done, the majority of the folks will pack up and move on to the next movie in another town.

  • btneast Oct 28, 10:30 a.m.

    This state has so many movie productions, from Dirty Dancing to Last of the Mohicans (in the mountains), to numerous TV and movies shot in Wilmington....so many we should change Wilmington's name to Hollywood, NC!!

    ...Huh? Dirty Dancing was 24 years ago, and Last of the Mohicans was 19 years ago. I don't really call that a lot. Yes, there have been a couple of TV productions or so as well. It's certainly better than nothing, but let's keep it in perspective.

  • qb523 Oct 27, 7:52 p.m.

    GOOD FOR NC! This state has so many movie productions, from Dirty Dancing to Last of the Mohicans (in the mountains), to numerous TV and movies shot in Wilmington....so many we should change Wilmington's name to Hollywood, NC!! Nice to see the economic injection of $80mil with the opportunity of talent being discovered, too!

  • houndsforme Oct 27, 7:33 p.m.

    AWESOME!!!! Great movie series and much needed money for the state.

  • newwake Oct 27, 6:50 p.m.

    geez half of you are a bunch of cry babies. Oh yea thats right....it doesn't affect you directly or put money in your pocket so now you have to whine about it and say something negative. This is good news. What's the other alternative? No jobs, no film, no money being spent, dead, dreary, gray skies, blah. Some of you will NEVER be satisfied. Its so sad really.

  • bullethole357 Oct 27, 6:29 p.m.

    I understand this is a good thing, but incentives are much like buying a politician. They just don't stay "bought".

  • tgiv Oct 27, 6:25 p.m.

    Flashparks I get it completely. You're determined to turn a positive into a negative because it doesn't fit your tribal vision. There's no way a rational person will agree that ADDING jobs is a bad thing for the state. For the people who care more about the good of the state and could give a rip about the politics it sounds like what it is: tribal lunacy.

  • abbhairston Oct 27, 6:24 p.m.

    please please please let the gov do her JOB

  • harmstrong4 Oct 27, 5:57 p.m.

    Zorg: so whats your point..they supposed to be protected from unemployment?

  • viking416 Oct 27, 5:47 p.m.

    To those who think a few hundred jobs is all that this brings to the State please do some reading. A production of this size fills hotels, restaurants and considerably helps many small businesses who have nothing to do with the movie. This is a win for NC any way to look at it. Some people on GOLO are just to miserable to ever be happy.

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