By Tia Lynn Ivey
A new filming project is sweeping through Morgan County this week for a reboot television series of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi/horror “Amazing Stories,” with shooting locations in Rutledge, Bostwick and right outside of Madison.
Filming begin on Monday, Jan 14 off Highway 83 outside of Madison and then moved to Bostwick, behind the Cotton Jin on Mayor John Bostwick’s farm. Downtown Rutledge is getting a full makeover this week for the filming project, which will shoot on Friday, Jan 18 and run into the wee hours of Saturday, Jan 19. Rutledge’s iconic gazebo underwent a paint job for the filming, and on Wednesday, Jan. 16, crews began covering the intersection of Fairplay Road and Main Street with dirt.
According to Assistant County Manager Mark William, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is providing patrolmen to direct traffic during road closures and space will be left for emergency vehicles to get through if need be. After filming wraps, crews will restore Rutledge to its normal look with a few days of cleanup.
According to Williams, while film projects pose a temporary inconvenience to local businesses and residents, the pay off is worth it.
“The filming projects do bring awareness to the county and provides us some economic boost from the film crews spending money here,” said Williams.
The reboot television series will air on Apple TV, reviving the Spielberg anthology series from the 1980s. Amazing Stories was a short-lived series, but gained a faithful. cult following
Spielberg will serve as a produce on the show, with Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis signing on to recreate the fantastical series. The new Amazing Stories promises to “transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers,” stated a press release from the show’s creators.
According to the Wrap, “Amazing Stories” premiered on NBC in September ’85, and it featured horror, sci-fi and fantasy tales directed by legends like Bob Clark, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Tom Holland, Tobe Hooper, and even Spielberg himself. “The series, from Universal TV and Amblin Television, will transport us to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers,” said show officials to The Wrap. “Amazing Stories” is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
The first season will feature 10 episodes, with each episode featuring a different cast and plot.
Morgan County is just one of many locations throughout Georgia the series is being filmed. Shooting for the show is taking place in Atlanta, Marietta, Forsyth, Griffin, McDonough, Habersham County and other rural areas.