More Filming Comes to the State
By Christa Valdez
Northern New Mexico just wrapped on a true-life prison break movie about the New York state penitentiary escape of two murderers aided by prison worker Joyce Mitchell. The drama, directed by Stephen Tolkin and starring Joe Anderson and Myk Watford, is scheduled to air on Lifetime early next year.
It looks like Albuquerque will be next to host a production for the network. Rumor has it that a suspense thriller, produced by Reel One Entertainment, revolving around a frightening adoption experience is slated to begin filming in the Duke City by the end of the month.
Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment is producing a post-Civil War pilot for TNT network titled “Monsters of God.”
The series stars Garret Dillahunt as a colonel hellbent on terrorizing the Comanche, and gallantly opposed by some in his own regiment and the powerful son of the Comanche chief, played by Adam Beach. Pat Healy, Jim True-Frost, Alicia Sixtos, Efren Ramirez, Kwame Patterson, Lauren Ambrose, Caitlin Gerrard and more will star in the drama directed by Rod Lurie.
An all-star cast leads the upcoming Afghan war drama “Horse Soldiers,” which is set to shoot from Santa Fe to White Sands. Trevante Rhodes, Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Pena will star as a band of elites who secretly invaded Afghanistan on horseback to help war fighters capture the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and topple the Taliban.
The state is no stranger to superhero fare, from Wolverine to Batman and Superman, New Mexico has seen its fair share of comic legends. And now it looks like the latest DC Entertainment superhero series will take shape in the Land of Enchantment.
New Mexico is slated to play host to the adaptation of the comic book series “Scalped,” created by Jason Aaron. “Scalped” is a modern-day crime story set on a Native American Indian reservation. It explores power, loyalty and spirituality. Adapted for WGN America by writer Doug Jung, the production is expected to shoot in multiple locations beginning very early next year.
Still rolling in New Mexico: “Get Shorty” series for the Epix network; “Sicario” sequel “Saldado”; NBC series “Midnight, Texas”; AMC’s “Better Call Saul”; and the Netflix mini-series “Godless” and multiple independent productions. Set to return: A second season for the Epix series “Graves” and the fourth season of the hit NBC series “The Night Shift.”
New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com and ChristaValdez.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.