Locally shot TNT pilot to receive state film grant funds

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TNT pilot 'Good Behavior,' which just got $1.25 million from the state, set up production offices at EUE/Screen Gems Studios earlier this month. File photo.
TNT pilot ‘Good Behavior,’ which just got $1.25 million from the state, set up production offices at EUE/Screen Gems Studios earlier this month. File photo.

A TNT pilot set to shoot in Wilmington next month has gotten a boost from the state’s film grant.

“Good Behavior” will get up to $1.25 million of the current $5 million pot of grant funds, the N.C. Department of Commerce has announced.

Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Film Commission, confirmed earlier this month that production crews for the pilot have opened up offices at EUE/Screen Gems Studios and will film for about two and a half weeks in October.

Set in North Carolina and starring Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey,” “Good Behavior” is based off Blake Crouch’s bestselling Letty Dobesh book series. Fresh out of prison, Dobesh (Dockery), a thief and con artist, finds herself entangled in a hired hitman’s plan to kill another man’s wife.

According the N.C. Department of Commerce’s website, the pilot will shoot primarily in Wilmington, but is expected to do additional filming in the greater Asheville area.

The state money comes from this year’s allotment of $10 million. N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory signed off on a 2015-17 budget last week that includes a major boost in film funding cap–$30 million annually for two years.

“Good Behavior” was one of three productions selected from a pool of 17 applicants. The two other projects–HGTV’s reality lifestyle show, “Love It or List It,” and an untitled independent feature film written by N.C. natives and UNC School of the Arts alumni Jody Hill, Danny McBride and John Carcieri.

“Love It or List It,” which will begin shooting this fall for its second season in the Triangle area, received up to $950,000. Hill’s yet-to-be-named project got up to $2.8 million and will film in the western part of the state.

“North Carolina has a lot to offer the film and entertainment industry and we look forward to these productions getting underway and providing job opportunities across the state,” N.C. Department of Commerce secretary John Skvarla said. “These projects present a chance to establish long-term relationships, showcase our state’s quality of life and highlight North Carolina’s natural beauty.”

This year’s grant recipients join the CBS sci-fi series, “Under The Dome,” which just recently wrapped its third and final season in the Wilmington area. A CBS spokesperson announced in late August that the show would not be renewed for a fourth season.

The state had doled out $4 million to a “Dirty Dancing” remake that planned to shoot this summer in Asheville but Lionsgate pulled out of the project in late July, freeing up those funds for other productions.

Skvarla said the four projects combined are expected to have direct in-state spending of more than $60 million.

“We are excited about these new projects and look forward to providing job opportunities to our state’s film professionals as well as opportunities for talent within the state,” said Guy Gaster, director of the N.C. Film Office within the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. “These projects will continue a long tradition of excellence in filmmaking in our state.”

Grant winners do not receive the funds up front and must meet direct in-state spending requirements in order to qualify.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at hilary.s@portcitydaily.com.