HollyWood Films Major Movie In Phenix City Al & Columbus GA “Need for Speed”

HollyWood Films Major Movie In Phenix City Al & Columbus GA “Need for Speed”
The crew attached to the film “Need for Speed” has already began to use the bridge in a scene where a car goes into the water. Shooting started Tuesday and go through Saturday.
During this time, the bridge will be closed to the public from 6 a.m. Tuesday to noon Saturday.

HollyWood Shoots Movie In Phenix City

Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe said he is proud the movie studio, NFS Productions/DreamWorks, chose the area to shoot part of the film and that the city and Columbus, Ga., have been in talks about the movie and how to best handle the next few days.

“I think it’s great with all that is happening…and hopefully this will allow us to get more recognition out of it,” Lowe said.

Lowe said that outside of the bridge scene, there may be a chance other places in Phenix City will be featured as well.

During filming, numerous detours will be provided for those needing to cross the river to get into Columbus, such as taking Dillingham Street, Third Avenue and other areas.

 According to Phenix City Police Chief Raymond Smith, the studio will provide for detour signs, barricades and personnel to direct traffic. In addition, there will be 10 to 12 Phenix City officers that will direct traffic for the duration of the film shoot.

Smith, who said he was approached by the film studio in April regarding the film project, said the studio applied for permits with both the city and Columbus, but that Columbus operates the bridge.

Smith said he is confident that the film crew, which will include close to 200 people, will affect the region by the money spent in restaurants and hotels in the area.

“I’m sure as a benefit to the community, not only does the city of Phenix City and Columbus get some exposure as being a scene in a major film, but it’ll have economic benefits as well, as far as bringing jobs and activities to the downtown area,” Smith said.

“Need for Speed” is an upcoming film featuring actors Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Michael Keaton (“Batman”) and Dominic Cooper (“The Devil’s Double”). According to www.imdb.com, the film tells the story of a “street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate [and] joins a cross country race with revenge in mind.” It is set for release March 2014.

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