'Revolution' evaluating new sites for second season
May 7, 2013By J. Elias O'Neal
The NBC post-apocalyptic series “Revolution” is evaluating other locations to film its second season, according to an area filming executive.
Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, said Tuesday that the network was exploring various sites across the country – including Wilmington – to film the show’s second season.
The show, which debuted in October, began filming in Wilmington last summer and wrapped its first season earlier this year.
Network executives in late April approved another 22 episodes for “Revolution.”
Griffin said it could be two to three weeks before local filming officials will know whether the NBC network will return to Wilmington or choose another destination.
“It’s not an uncommon occurrence,” Griffin said of filming executives’ decision to choose another location for filming a television series. “Work on a production is a home run or a strike out … Wilmington is in the running. We’re just waiting on their decision.”
Griffin said local filming officials visited with “Revolution” executives in Los Angeles in December and February to find ways to keep the series filming in Wilmington.
“Most of it out of our hands,” he said. “We’re trying to be cautiously optimistic and hope they give us an answer soon.”
The Port City has been the filming destination for a number of hit TV series such as “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill” – shows that dumped millions of dollars into the economy and put film crew members to work.
But there is competition for film projects from neighboring states such as Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina.
A recent state bill – House Bill 994 – looks to eliminate a filming firm’s ability to get any refund for a film produced in the state after Jan. 1.
Film industry proponents have called the proposal, which was sponsored by state Reps. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover), Chris Millis (R-Pender), Paul Luebke (D-Durham) and Paul Stam (R-Wake), a detrimental blow to the state’s filming industry. Under North Carolina’s current film incentive, any film production that spends more than $250,000 per project in the state is eligible for a credit of 25 percent of its expenditures – a way to defray the film company’s corporate tax liability.
The bill has been referred to a House committee, and Catlin has said he does not expect to get to the floor for a vote.
Griffin said much of the discussion about “Revolution” scouting new locations began before HB 994 was introduced.
He said given the stiff competition in the Southeast, the possibility of having a production leave the area could be problematic to the region’s filming industry.
“We hate to see any project that has the potential to stay here leave,” Griffin said. “That means jobs … that means money from our economy. We are concerned.”