MGM Feature MAX Begins Filming In NC
May 21, 2014
Family feature about a war-trained dog to film in Charlotte & Western NC Regions
CHARLOTTE—Filming is officially underway in North Carolina on the MGM feature Max.
Starring Josh Wiggins (Hellion, Mud), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Spider-Man 3), Jay Hernandez (Friday Night Lights, Crazy/Beautiful, the upcoming TV series Gang Related), and Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood), the film is the story of a dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan and upon his return to the U.S. is adapted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience. The production is written and will be directed by Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans, screenwriter for Now You See Me and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time).
Principle photography is scheduled to run to mid-July with overall production lasting a little more than 150 days in the state. The production is basing in the state’s Charlotte Region, where the majority of filming will also take place including in the towns and areas surrounding Kings Mountain, Lincolnton and Gastonia. Additionally, the feature will be shooting for about a week in and around Brevard and Asheville in the state’s Western NC Region and may also travel to the parts of the Piedmont Triad Region.
Max is one of 25-plus productions that have to date filmed or will begin filming in North Carolina in 2014. All together, these productions anticipate having a total direct in-state spend in excess of $181 million while providing more than 13,000 job opportunities, including approximately 2,500 possible positions for the state’s highly-skilled crew base. Highlights include the filming of the second season of CBS’s breakout summer series Under The Dome, the third season of Cinemax’s award-winning series Banshee, the highly anticipated second season of Fox’s hit series Sleepy Hollow, production on four television pilots, the feature action film Max Steel, and national commercials for Lowe’s, PepsiCo and Xarelto.