'Mockingjay' to be filmed in Newnan

by Bradley Hartsell

One of Hollywood’s blockbuster franchises, “The Hunger Games,” will begin filming in late December at Caldwell Tanks in downtown Newnan.

A film crew has already started building a coliseum set in the large industrial buildings of Caldwell Tanks, as of two weeks ago, according to Caldwell Tanks employee Gary Walls. Walls says stars like Jennifer Lawrence have not been to the set yet, only crew members.

The first installment of “The Hunger Games” was among the biggest successes of 2012, with the highly-anticipated sequel, “Catching Fire,” due to premiere on Nov. 22.

This news comes on the heels of the recent filming for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” that shut down First Avenue in downtown Newnan. Filming for that hit cable drama has also been done at the Caldwell Tanks shop buildings.

Because of advantageous tax breaks in the state of Georgia, a growing list of movies and television shows are coming to film in Coweta County, particularly around Senoia and Newnan.

“Hunger Games 3” is poised to become one of the highest-profile movies filmed in Coweta County, as the book series-turned-films has turned into a cultural phenomenon, much like “The Walking Dead.”

“The Hunger Games” was originally a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins, consisting of “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay,” published between 2008-2010. The books exploded with popularity, leading to the arguably even more famous movies.

Filming for “The Hunger Games 3” is notable because the film will be split into two parts. Part one is scheduled to be released November 2014 and part 2 is scheduled for November 2015.

The set will be closed to the public.



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