Iron Man Superhero Series' 3rd Film To Shoot In Wilmington

The next installment in the Iron Man superhero film franchise will shoot in a North Carolina soundstage beginning in a few weeks.

Marvel Studios will film "Iron Man 3" starring Robert Downey Jr. in Wilmington, with pre-production starting soon and work in the state lasting about 10 months, Gov. Beverly Perdue and Wilmington's EUE/Screen Gems Studios said Thursday.

The production is expected to create 550 jobs for tradesmen, technicians and other crew members and more than 1,000 spots for actors and other talent.

"This will be the largest production to shoot in North Carolina," state film office head Aaron Syrett said.

The previous films in the series, based on a Marvel Comics character, featured Downey as a billionaire weapons-maker who fights bad guys wearing a high-tech suit of armor he created. "Iron Man 2" co-starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson.

Executives at Marvel Studios also considered locations in Los Angeles, Michigan and New Mexico before deciding Wilmington had the right mix of space, talent, and taxpayer incentives, EUE/Screen Gems said.

North Carolina this year increased its tax breaks for movie and television productions to up to 25 percent. That means movie producers could write off up to 25 percent of their in-state spending -- up to $20 million -- from their state taxes. The tax break is refundable, which means a producer who qualified for a $20 million write-off but didn't owe that much in North Carolina taxes could collect the difference with a multi-million-dollar check from taxpayers.

The incentive has helped make 2011 a big year for the state's film industry. Twenty-nine productions had set up offices in North Carolina as of early September, spending more than $200 million and at least temporarily employing 3,000 crew members, Perdue's office said. The year's productions include the feature film "The Hunger Games" and the television series "Homeland," "Eastbound and Down" and "One Tree Hill."

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  • by Jackie Location: RMT NC on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    There are lots of college students both from Cape Fear CC and UNCW that would LOVE a temp job in a movie. I have one there myself. And I know a teacher that has a child there that would greatly appreciate them getting a job in or on the movie set. Where do they apply?
  • by WOW on Oct 28, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    Where will it be in wilmington
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      by Why Do You Ask? on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:46 AM in reply to WOW
      Are you planning to buy a home in the filming area so you can be close to the stars? Maybe looking for an autograph? A photo op? Or are you a cocaine dealer?
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        by WOW on Oct 28, 2011 at 02:24 PM in reply to Why Do You Ask?
        This is the second time I have replied so let me see if I can nice it up for ya. Are you playing with a full deck (brain wise). What does wanting to know where something is being filmed at have anything to do with drugs???? As far as buying a place down there it just so happens that I could probably buy several houses if I choose to and I earned my money working very hard-not doing and selling drugs. You on the other hand could be the poster child for drug prevention.
  • by Riddler Location: Goldsboro on Oct 28, 2011 at 03:33 AM
    So glad to see our State Government giving $20 million dollar tax incentives to movie makers so they can create jobs for about 1500 people, probably bringing in maybe $1 million in salaries. AND, they get the cash back if they don't use up the $20 million dollars? Holy smokes. Hey, Bev, how about just using that money for some teacher salaries, since they haven't seen raises in 5 years.
  • by Dealer Alert on Oct 28, 2011 at 03:04 AM
    The local area cocaine dealers need to be told about this so they can get their supply ready.
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      by what jobs on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:30 PM in reply to Dealer Alert
      MM, lots of jobs, but the problem is the jobs are temps. the jobs would be here for long, a minor influx of cash, that's it.

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