Last year saw a fair amount of Wilmington-made product hitting screens big and small, including “Halloween Kills” (which debuted as the No. 1 movie the week it came out) and Fox TV drama “Our Kind of People.”
But 2021 was a record year for Wilmington film production, so 2022 could bring a deluge as even more movies and TV shows made in the Port City continue to get release dates. Here’s what coming up:
‘Scream’: Jan. 14
This one’s going to be a big deal.
There’s already a ton of buzz about the fifth film in the long-running “Scream” horror franchise, which shot in Wilmington in 2020. Twitter even featured a tweak on the recent CDC meme recommending everyone get their COVID protocols in order before the movie is released.
“Scream” 2022, which appears to continue the series’ tradition of wry humor, jump scares and stabby violence, returns original cast members Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Wilmington’s Chad Keith (“Loving,” “Midnight Special”) is the film’s production designer.
And, of course, the masked, robed killer Ghostface returns as well, with a tagline promising, “It’s Always Someone You Know.”
The movie’s trailer features a prominent shot of the Wilmington Riverwalk near the convention center. Other area locations include Williston Middle School, the Cardinal Lanes bowling alley on Shipyard Boulevard and a home on Country Club Road.
‘Welcome to Flatch’: coming soon
Initially set to debut last fall, this FOX TV mockumentary, shot largely in Burgaw and the Duplin County town of Wallace in 2020 and early 2021, is now listed by FOX as “coming soon.”
Formerly titled “This Country” — the show is basically an Americanized version of an award-winning British comedy with that title — “Welcome to Flatch” is a send-up of life in a small American town. How loving a send-up it is remains to be seen.
Sam Straley and Chelsea Holmes play a pair of clueless cousins, while Seann William Scott (“American Pie”) is an earnest, wayward minister and Aya Cash (TV’s “You’re the Worst”) is his uptight, estranged wife.
The series has been tweeting quite a lot from its Twitter account in the past couple of weeks, however, so it’s possible the series hits screens in the next month or two.
This Lifetime movie about four sorority sisters on an increasingly off-the-rails vacation is set on the Outer Banks but uses Wilmington-area beaches as locations. It shot here in summer of 2021.
It stars LeToya Luckett, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Ta’Rhonda Jones and Dominique Drew Sidora as the sorority sisters, who reunite for a Black Greek weekend of beach partying. But a secret from their past threatens to upend things, especially after super-creepy things (a snake in the bed, appearances by someone with a spooky white mask) start happening in their beach house.
‘The Black Phone’: June 24
Initially set for a Feb. 4 release, this horror movie starring Ethan Hawke as a serial killer who preys on children was pushed back to a summer release by producers Universal and Blumhouse in mid-Decemer. (The Pointe theater in Wilmington was still displaying the super-scary poster for the film over Christmas.)
It’s not clear why the studios pushed the release date back by more than four months, but writer C. Robert Cargill (“Doctor Strange,” the “Sinister” movies) contended on Twitter last month that “we aren’t changing a frame.”
“The Black Phone,” which shot in the Wilmington area in late 2020 and early 2021, stars Mason Thames, who also stars in “Boys of Summer,” which co-stars Mel Gibson and shot in the Southport area late last year. Thames plays a 13-year-old boy abducted by Hawke’s serial killer. The boy must escape by using a mysterious black phone, in which he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims, who guide him.
‘Along for the Ride’: 2022
This movie shot in and around Carolina Beach should debut on Netflix sometime in the first half of this year. A premiere near or during summer would seem to make sense, as that’s when the story is set. Might make a nice showcase for ol’ CB.
Based on the 2009 young adult novel by Chapel Hill writer Sarah Dessen, it stars newcomer Emma Pasarow as a young woman spending the summer before college with her father (played by Dermot Mulroney) and his new wife and child in a beach town. Naturally, she meets a good-looking townie played by Belmont Cameli.
Sofia Alvarez (writer of 2018 teen comedy “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”) writes and directs, and Andie MacDowell (“Groundhog Day”) co-stars.
‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’: 2022
This TV series based on the young adult novels by Jenny Han should debut on Amazon sometime in the first half of this year.
Han is also the executive producer and showrunner of the series, a multi-generational story that centers on a summertime love triangle between a teenage girl and two brothers.
Given that it’s set during summer, and that “Summer” is in the title, a premiere near or during summertime would seem to make sense.
‘Florida Man’: 2022
This Netflix show that wrapped production late last year has a landing page with very little info, although IMDB has it as premiering in 2022.
From creator Donald Todd (“This Is Us,” “Sleepy Hollow”), it stars Edgar Ramírez (“Yes Day”) as a former cop who returns to his home state of Florida to search for a gangster’s missing girlfriend, setting off a whole series of crazy twists and turns.
Also with Clark Gregg (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), who was a regular at the Bespoke coffee shop downtown last fall.
Reportedly, each episode begins with a re-enactment of a true “Florida man” story, like the one about the man who stole not one, but two police cars during a wild chase last summer.
Like “Florida Man,” Netflix show “Echoes” has a landing page with very little info. Its IMBD page notes a 2022 premiere.
It stars Michelle Monaghan (“Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” TV’s “Messiah”) as identical twins who’ve secretly pretended to be each other since childhood. Now that they’re adults, both sisters are basically leading double lives.
But when one sister goes missing, the jig is up and their carefully constructed world begins to crumble.
‘One True Loves’: 2022
The IMDB page of this movie, which shot in the Wilmington area in late 2021, said it’s “expected” in 2022.
Based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, “One True Loves” is about a woman (played by Grammy-winning, Tony-nominated actress Phillipa Soo of “Hamilton”) whose husband mysteriously disappears and is given up for dead — but then mysteriously reappears years later after she’s involved with another man.
It co-stars the actor Simu Liu, best known for his recent turn in Marvel superhero film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” and Luke Bracey (“Holidate,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”).
A private wrap party for the movie also brought on a “Saturday Night Live” sketch when the show was hosted by Liu.
‘The Georgetown Project’: 2022
This film starring Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”) — the star plays an actor who thinks he’s starting to lose his mind while working on a horror movie — shot in the Wilmington area in 2019, but still doesn’t have a definitive release date.
Its IMDB pages notes a “2022” release date.
Shooting entirely at the Screen Gems/EUE Studios earlier this year, this film starring Chris Messina (TV’s “The Mindy Project”) and North Carolina’s own Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) is about Russian and American astronauts who must try to take control of the space station they’re on together after their countries go to war back on Earth. No release date has been specified.
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