Thursday, September 13, 2012

Atlanta is Catching Fire

Everyone in Atlanta KNOWS they started shooting Catching Fire, number two in the Hunger Games trilogy, this past Monday. Signs around town - labeled GGX - point to the Georgia Dome but it's not known whether they're just using the dome for casting or whether they'll film there too. 
According to onlocationvacation.com, there's also been talk that they'll film at The Goat Farm Arts Center in town as well as Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville.

The cast is rumored to be staying in North Druid Hills where both Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence have been spotted.


Goat Farm Arts Center
Amicalola Falls
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Noticeably missing, director of The Hunger Games, Gary Ross who decided the studio wasn't prepared to give him enough time to deliver the film and backed out. He was replaced by Frances Lewis. Also missing in action, Woody Harrelson. If Atlantans were looking for  Harrelson's Haymitch character they'd have to look north. Way up north. Harrelson has been in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Fest where he has been debuting his film Seven Psychopaths. He did speak with the folks at MTV and delivered the verdict that the script is good.
 
HAYMITCH ABERNATHY fans might enjoy the article, from Amy Wilkinson with reporting by Josh Horowitz.
"The actor, who said he was days away from flying to Georgia to film the dystopian drama, spoke with MTV News' Josh Horowitz about how his portrayal of the District 12 mentor could change under new director Francis Lawrence's vision and how he prepped for the sequel.
But first things first: Has the actor even had the chance to read the script?
"Yeah, I read the script," Harrelson answered rather incredulously. "I took a gander at the script, sure. ... It's good that you get to do that before they start shooting."
All sarcasm aside, Harrelson revealed that he's very pleased with the material, especially given the tight turnaround needed after Lawrence took over directing duties from Gary Ross in May.
"I think that it's a really good script, a really strong script, so I feel good about that," he said. "That's the big question mark, since there was so little time to get that script together."
As for his preparation process, Harrelson said he took an even deeper dive into Haymitch's fragile, post-Games psyche.
"Francis had asked me if I had studied PTSD — post-traumatic stress disorder — and I actually did in college. I was a psychology minor. So I met a guy who has PTSD in Maui," Harrelson said. "You know, I like the way Francis is very thorough, very on top of everything. I really feel great. I loved Gary. I thought Gary did an incredible job with the first one, but I do think Francis is going to do great with this."
If Harrelson had one (albeit small) complaint about the first installment, it was that Ross didn't allow him to go the full Haymitch — literally falling-down drunk. He hopes to remedy that in the sequel.
"I talked with Francis about that," Harrelson said with a chuckle. "I'm going to try to go as far as possible. You know me. I'll try to take it over the top."

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