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Marvel Comics Ant-Man to be 1st Pinewood Atlanta film, UK trade pub says

A London-based film and TV production guide publisher,, is reporting Jan. 15 that Marvel Comics’ Ant-Man will be the much anticipated blockbuster movie to start filming in May at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.

“It is likely that the other locations for Ant-Man will be predominantly Atlanta-based; these were being locked down at the time of going to press,” according to the story, “Ant-Man: First film to shoot at Pinewood Atlanta.”

Set to star in the film are Paul Rudd as Ant Man’s alter ego, Scott Lang, while Michael Douglas will play the scientist who creates the technology to shrink himself to insect size, according to the story.

“President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, said of Douglas’ hire: ‘With Hank Pym’s rich history in the Marvel Universe, we knew we needed an actor capable of bringing the weight and stature to the role that the character deserves,’” the story by Nia Daniels said.

“Although Ant-Man is part of the juggernaut that is Marvel Studios, it is very much the baby of British director Edgar Wright, who has been working on it for years. He is at the helm to direct from a screenplay he wrote with Joe Cornish, adapted from the original Marvel comic books,” the story said.

“Wright is based at Big Talk Productions, the shingle behind Ant-Man, and is probably best known for his work on the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy,’ comprising ‘Shaun of the Dead,’ ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘The World’s End.’ Other credits include ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ and, as co-writer, ‘The Adventures of Tintin.’

The U.K-based film trade guide said that “Ant-Man” was first intended to be filmed at Pinewood’s London studio site, but was bumped by “the sheer volume of other major features moving in and filling the big studios to capacity,” the story said.

The website,, describes itself as “a comprehensive guide to over 59,000 international TV, film, and commercial production service companies, location services, production equipment, crew, facilities and other specialist production suppliers in 149 countries worldwide. was formerly known as Kemps Film, Television and Commercial Production Services Handbook.”

“ is used by over 100,000 users every month. These users include feature film, TV, and commercial production companies; producers; production managers; location managers; TV broadcasters; advertising agencies; facility companies; and many more. We have a global audience with users across all major territories including the UK, US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia,” the website says of itself.


I am.

Not my cup-o-tea. Hope the kiddos love it.

The print addition to the paper had an article about a meeting of the BOC to allow Pinewood to have their Gala this week even if the facility does not have a certificate of occupancy. Fayette County's policy has never allowed this before, but now wants to issue a temporary certificate of occupancy in order to be more business friendly.

The article didn't explain what issue(s) is holding up the approval of the occupancy permit and I wish this was reported because this is important to know. Is it a life safety issue? landscaping, plumbing? This is important to know in order to make a decision. Life safety should disqualify. A silly issue such as landscaping due to weather would be another matter that yes, common sense should prevail, as it should have in the past.

Being business friendly is good, rushing to allow occupancy due to a party sets a bad precedent.

Does anyone know the issues?

of occupancy are given out. It is seldom but not unusual. I highly doubt if it would be given out if there were any "life safety issues".

The article stated that the county did not permit temporary CO's. It's all or nothing, and this is not uncommon in a lot of jurisdictions around the country. They were considering temporary CO's for special circumstances. It's a good idea, because it is business friendly and there are times when unknown issues come up late in a project.

I don't know what these potential issues may be, but I have seen politicos pulling strings opening a facility that does not have a certified life safety system, by using a manned fire watch 24/7.

Without knowing the issue its hard to determine what to think. But, would they have given you or any other business owner approval to occupy just because you had an open house party scheduled?

Due to the importance to the county, it appears they are rushing this through. It will be interesting to see what they consider special circumstances.

speak to is that I've seen Temporary CO's granted...usually with a time frame to bring all items up to code. This would not include a "Life Safety Issue" as the Fire Marshall is King...he or she has final say so. A city has no jurisdiction over the Fire Marshall.

Most Temporary CO's would be over a landscaping code issue or a fence not painted, maybe the second phase or addition of a building is not completed (which no one would be allowed to enter)...something along those lines.

I don't think any special treatment was given here.

Everyone talks about how hard the County or Peachtree is to deal with. I've never had one issue with David Rast, Kathy Gray (PTC Building Dept.)or anyone at the Peachtree City building department. These people go the extra mile to tell you what is required and in my experience they are always there to help and answer any questions or concerns. The same goes for Dave Williamson (Fire Marshall)...they are all a great group to work with. All you have to do is follow the rules.

All those you mentioned are fine folks who try to help. If one communicates with inspectors, they usially go the extra mile.

Which can make one think, what was the problem the contractor couldn't handle quietly? Missing deadlines is never good.


but who really cares, they will make all kinds of movies there.

from the understated one, that's a mouthful.

Pinewood is great, as long as the productions keep rolling. I am still underwhelmed by the "Genre". I got it.

PhilPTC's picture

Thumbs up.

Gort's picture

I’m a little disappointed. I was hoping the first movie would be something with regional interest.

For example: “Invasion of the County Land Snatchers,” or “The Bird Man of the Water Works,” or even “A Dixie Boll Weevil at King Arthur’s Court."

Remember: If you think Social Security and Medicare are worth saving, vote for the Democrat.

Wow, I wasn't aware that the studio was all ready to go for productions yet. That's a bit of a surprise. Either that or they are going to have to hurry up and get everything ready by May. That may be a huge undertaking. I am glad to know, however, that they have a film waiting and ready to go into production once the studio is fully built. That should be good for area businesses. Film crews, producers, writers, actors and extras have to eat and shop.

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