6:30am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
How Hurricane Matthew Is Impacting Film and TV Production in the Southeast
As Hurricane Matthew inches its way closer to the Southeastern U.S., local productions are readying for the storm. Most regional film offices aren't too concerned about the storm's possible impact on film and TV shooting in the area — but one series has already shut down production.
WGN America's Underground, which films in Savannah, Ga, has stopped filming on Thursday and Friday due to the weather. The Category 4 hurricane is expected to ride along the U.S. coast from Florida through North Carolina starting Thursday evening and lasting through Saturday.
Georgia's governor, Nathan Deal, had issued a state of emergency in 13 coastal counties, but the majority of the other projects shooting in the Peach State film in and around Atlanta. A spokeswoman for the local film office tells The Hollywood Reporter that they don't expect the hurricane to affect the city very much, and all productions are sticking to schedule.
It's the same in North Carolina, where a rep for the state's film commission office says there's "no effect on production in NC as of this moment in time." Though Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in more than half of the state's 100 counties, the film office's spokesman insists the projects currently shooting in North Carolina are not filming in the highest possible impact area. Two dramas that filmed near the coast in Wilmington — History Channel's upcoming military drama Six and TNT's Michelle Dockery vehicle Good Behavior — both wrapped production earlier this year.
And though Florida — which may be hit hardest by the storm — has lost substantial film business recently due to its lack of an incentives program, the state is still home to two major TV series: HBO's Ballers, which films mostly in Miami, and Netflix's Bloodline, which shoots further South in the Keys. Fortunately, neither series is in production at the moment.
Oct. 5, 8:30 p.m.: Updated to include that Underground had halted production due to the storm.