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Portion of Flat Shoals closed for filming

CONYERS — Flat Shoals Road from Ga. Highway 138 to Parker Road will be closed all day Saturday as filming continues on the Hugh Jackman film “Prisoners.”

The Conyers Police Department will close the road from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. while filmmakers work to film a scene that will include stunts.

“They are basically doing a scene for the movie that involves a busy intersection on a road where one of the characters is being chased and runs out of the woods into the road,” said Gina Hartsell, executive assistant for the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council. “Stunts are involved, so there has to be a proximity that they can totally control.”

Production crews have been in the Conyers/Covington area since early this year working on the movie, which tells the story of a small-town carpenter, played by Jackman, who kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend.

The movie also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano.

In January, the production crew transformed the south Rockdale Stanton Woods subdivision into a movie set for the Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. project. Filming has also taken place in Stone Mountain and Porterdale, among other locations.

Hartsell said Saturday’s filming will mark a short hiatus in filming in the area before crews return later this month.

“They’re going to finish out this weekend here and then they are going to another location,” she said. “Then they are coming back again the last week of February and the first week of March over in Milstead.

Hartsell said the Conyers-Rockdale community has established a good working relationship with the filmmakers.

“They really love us, and we are happy they are here,” she said.

Comments

Clark 1 year, 10 months ago

OH GOOD GRIEF! Shutting down, a major thoroughfare on a weekday for hollywood! This is beyond ridiculous! It was one thing when it was a few low-traffic city streets, but enough is enough! Not to mention the fact, that people are being lied to! The signs around Flat Shoals Road indicate that this is a construction project, not something intended to make some producer from another state rich!

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superman 1 year, 10 months ago

I find it annoying as well; but it's generating revenue and attention to Rockdale. I haven't made up my mind about Conyers being the next Hollywood yet, but I'm interested in where it is going. The only other alternative is to continuing to let the DeKalb county jokers move here and ruin our county... And most of us agree that isn't working too well for us. Maybe, just maybe Hollywood can reset the clock.

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Clark 1 year, 10 months ago

They could generate far more revenue, and bring far more (and permanent) attention to Rockdale by building a permanent movie studio out here where they could construct a set and not only not disrupt anything, but Rockdale would have a permanent fixture that would provide a continual draw for producers. Buy one of the abandoned, or nearly abandoned shopping centers for this purpose, then everyone wins! No more disruptions to citizens, a continual stream of tax, and business revenue, and Rockdale would be on the map for something good for a change.

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trusslady 1 year, 10 months ago

Gee Clark - if you'd come out from under that rock you hide beneath you might find out about East Mountain Studios. But that would require you to actually do something.

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Clark 1 year, 10 months ago

Ah! We do have one! Then closing Flat Shoals road is even more infuriating. Hollywood already has a nice, large facility, but they want more, more, more! Only for their own gain too! They could have shot in the studio, and brought Rockdale considerably more revenue instead of shutting down a major thoroughfare, just because they can.

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Lorenzo 1 year, 10 months ago

And you are so busy and Flat Shoals Road is such a major part of your day that all the rest of the universe should check with you first before making any decisions? OH GOOD GRIEF! Self-centered much? Choice A. - Find an alternate route Choice B- Stay home Choice C - Stay somewhere else.

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Elmo 1 year, 10 months ago

You forgot one...he could also take MARTA.

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Frustrated 1 year, 10 months ago

Im with you Elmo, if Clark is such a supporter of MARTA, this shouldnt be much of an inconvienence

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Clark 1 year, 10 months ago

Right, because people that have to work can just choose to not go into work, or the doctor, or or or... Or they can just take an alternative road...OH RIGHT! They're going to be clogged up and virtually impassible too! You people got into a right tizzy when people wanted to "steal" your money for critical infrastructure improvements back in July. But when hollywood comes out and ACTUALLY steals the infrastructure you pay for, you say it's ok cause it'll "improve" things. So typical, if it's for business it's ok, but if it's for the community it's not.

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Elmo 1 year, 10 months ago

It must be miserable to go through life totally on emotions. Did you always get your way as a child?

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Clark 1 year, 10 months ago

No, unlike you, I actually had limits set by my parents, and was taught an appreciation of community.

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Frustrated 1 year, 10 months ago

I think it would be more correct to say the are only BORROWING or better yet RENTING the infrastructure for a day since they are paying to use it.

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Elmo 1 year, 10 months ago

It doesn't matter which, Clark is the only cry-baby griping about it.

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LoveIt 1 year, 9 months ago

Clark, it is not like you to get so emotional! Stop and think. Any film company from Hollywood or elsewhere pays a pretty penny to rent (as someone else pointed out) the place they are filming on. That is new dollars coming in to our local economy, local restaurants feed these people while they are here, County (& City?) revenues go up, lessening the burden for tax payers. It is only for a short period of time. This is all good. Don't let the little (and positive?) things get you down.

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Rob 1 year, 10 months ago

Boy, Clark sure is one angry dude! I've got no love for the Hollywood liberal elitists,but Clark is over doing it just a tad. As long as their paying for it, let them have the road for the whole week!

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rdalenative 1 year, 10 months ago

LOL . . ."major thoroughfare". Of all roads to get bent out of shape over. There are more ways around that section of road than most in Conyers. "Major" . . . laughable. I am sure everyone day was shot without being able to move around due to this "major thoroughfare" being closed. So tell us how this closure ruined your day or how you missed something that you could not get to . . . ?

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SandraC 1 year, 10 months ago

major thoroughfare? That's hilarious! It might take an additional 1-2 minutes tops to avoid that street. Less time than it took to post these comments. Clark I hope you were able to rearrange your schedule for Saturday in order to not be so inconvenienced.

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travelingman 1 year, 10 months ago

Hollywood, like other outsiders, should be allowed to come to Rockdale and even promote business. It's not like there's anything going on anyway. This would never have been possible if WigglesworthingTON was still in office.

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Lorenzo 1 year, 9 months ago

Movie companies have been shooting in Rockdale/Henry/Newton counties for years under many different Sheriffs. Did the previous Sheriff damage you in some personal way or are you just so ignorant you cannot think of anything else to write to draw attention to yourself? Pathetic...just pathetic.

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Elmo 1 year, 9 months ago

Ever hear of "In the heat of the night", "The Dukes of Hazard", "A simple twist of fate", etc, etc, etc?

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superman 1 year, 9 months ago

What exactly does the Sheriff have to do with this? There have been countless films in Rockdale over the pas few years. Too many to name here but I guess you'll dismiss those?

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twoambers 1 year, 9 months ago

If only they had gone over to Salem Gate. They could have filmed this live!

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