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Wilmington to star in another motion picture

Posted October 18, 2010
Updated October 19, 2010

— A movie set to begin production this month in North Carolina means jobs and millions of dollars for the state’s economy, Gov. Beverly Perdue said Monday.

New Line Cinema will spend five months in Wilmington filming “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” which stars Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as “The Rock.”

“A major motion picture means more than the excitement of celebrities and special effects,” Perdue said in a news release. “It means jobs – hundreds of them. This production will also bring millions of dollars in spending into our economy and millions of dollars in earned tourism promotion, when North Carolina is showcased on the big screen.”

The state Revenue Department says movie and TV projects spent $148 million in 2008 in North Carolina, and $55 million in 2009.

"Journey 2" is expected to qualify for a film incentives package that Perdue signed into law earlier this year. It offers a 25 percent tax credit for companies that spend a minimum of $250,000 in production costs.

The film is about a teenager who sets out on a mission with his mother’s boyfriend to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island, according to Internet Movie Database.

It’s slated to be released next September.

The Wilmington area is no stranger to the big screen. For years, it’s served as the filming spot for movies and TV series, including “Sleeping With the Enemy,” “Weekend at Bernie’s,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill.”


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  • DavyCrockett Oct 19, 2010

    Now if all those Californians inflating the price of goods and services in the Wilmington area will only leave for good and allow the cost of living to return to what was once normal rates, all will be well with th world. Sadly Botox Bev's idea of encouraging job growth typically means more taxes for the NC residents vs the visitors from nearly bankrupt California who get the real break.

  • wisdomb4beauty Oct 19, 2010

    Where can I sign up to be a PAID extra. $$$ Or is there such a thing? LOL Too bad it's not here in the Triangle area, I would love to be "cast in the background" and I really could use the extra money too. :~)

  • miked6500 Oct 19, 2010

    Only one problem...no one will watch the movie

  • peppercorns Oct 19, 2010

    yay!! THis is great news!!! Wilmington is a great place to make movies. They had their heyday in the late eighties. It's time to bring the production companies back to NC....I still love Maximun Overdrive..lol

  • SubwayScoundrel Oct 19, 2010

    One thing to remember about movie production. They buy almost everything local. Sets built are by locals and purchase the materials here. Food and produce is local. Movie production is personnel-heavy and a local purchasing machine. Even more jobs and taxes at the 2nd tier as that is where the production company will pay the taxes--local purchases. Good for the state and good for Wilmington. And so what if they leave? People were employed and it is a boost to the economy.

    Some people just complain about anything and everything.

  • steelcity36 Oct 19, 2010

    While I don't think this tax break generates enough stimulus to offset its cost, I do believe it helps stimulate the local economy. Film Production staff will most likely be from out of State, but support staff will be locals. Also local caterers, hotels, restaurants, rental car agencies, etc... will receive movie production business which NC then subsidizes with the tax credit.

  • southportgirl45 Oct 19, 2010

    Bill it is a sequal to "Journey to the center of the earth" so it sais on IMDB.

  • smp0213 Oct 19, 2010

    What Bev here doesn't understand is that no, this does not mean that many jobs for people in North Carolina. These large production companies will bring in employees that they have worked with before. This may or may not be people from North Carolina, but a large number of this production staff will be from Los Angeles.

  • Rolling Along Oct 19, 2010

    and just how much is that tax incentive package worth? I would like to see a break on my taxes for a change.

  • Bill Brasky Oct 19, 2010

    Hollywood of the East.