Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal and folks from the currently filming “Captain America: Civil War” on Sunday attended a private red-carpet screening of “Ant-Man,” the first movie to be produced out of the giant new Pinewood Studios facility.
The movie, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Atlanta rapper-actor T.I., comes out Friday. So no spoilers!
The Sunday screening of “Ant-Man” for local cast and crew members was held at the Regal Atlantic Station theater. Attending were folks from the current project filming out of Pinewood, “Captain America: Civil War.” Anthony Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson/Falcon, stopped by for a few photos but didn’t take questions.
Executive producer Nate Moore and co-producer Mitch Bell had plenty to say, though. The movie is nearing the end of its stint in Atlanta and then heads to Germany. Much of the filming has taken place at Pinewood with on-locations shoots at spots including the new Porsche headquarters near the airport.
“I’ve really enjoyed Atlanta,” Moore said, noting that “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” will be the next project to film at Pinewood.
While traffic here is terrible the local filming infrastructure is impressive, and folks at each filming site have been welcoming, Bell said.
“It’s refreshing to come to a place and have that,” he said. “Atlanta’s been great.”
Both were eager to salute the state’s film-friendly tax policies. Deal and Chris Carr, commissioner of Georgia’s department of economic development, stressed that point as well.
“There’s no doubt that the tax incentive brought filming projects here,” Carr said. “Now we’re a place people want to do business. It truly has become a Georgia industry.”