Iron Man 3 to Get a Governor's Welcome

<em>Iron Man 3</em> to Get a Governor's Welcome

UPDATE: It's official! Gov. Perdue of North Carolina has announced today that Iron Man 3 will film in Wilmington, NC.

UPDATE: It's official! Gov. Perdue has just announced that Iron Man 3 will be filming in Wilmington, NC.
Perdue said "Iron Man 3" will be the largest movie ever produced in North Carolina. She says it will bring 550 high-quality, well-paying jobs, 1,000 acting opportunities and pump $80 million into the local economy. -

Latino Review was the first to announce that Michigan had lost out on Iron Man 3 to Wilmington, NC. Since then, nobody for the film industry of North Carolina or Marvel has confirmed that information. The lack of a confirmation is surely caused by the two sides needing to dot all their I's and cross all their T's.

Also, if the sources are accurate, the code name for Iron Man 3 will be "Caged Heat." A name that is sure to invoke steamy imagery of a female prison, as that was the name of movie that gave late night Cinemax it's reputation.
Gov. Bev Perdue has scheduled a 2:30 p.m. news conference for "an economic development announcement" at Screen Gems Studios.

In a news release, Screen Gems called said the governor "will announce exciting job and film industry news for EUE/Screen Gems Studios' Wilmington film production facility."

Sources told our affiliate station WTVD in Raleigh "Iron Man 3" will likely film in Wilmington and an announcement could come as early as today. Sources said the deal had not been signed as of last night.
But Aaron Syrett, director of the N.C. Film Office, also sent out an email Wednesday evening to members of the state film council about the visit.

In the email, Syrett said they had been working diligently on "a very large project that all came together this evening," adding that Perdue would be addressing the media at EUE/Screen Gems studios at 2:30 p.m.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said earlier Wednesday afternoon that he hadn't received a confirmation from the governor's office about the nature of her appearance.

"Yes, it could be the ‘Iron Man 3' announcement," he said. He added that having the movie film in Wilmington would be a big deal. If "Iron Man 3" films here, "It will be the largest production ever done here in the city of Wilmington," Saffo said.

A call for crew members offers another sign that "Iron Man 3" may be about to land here. While the note describing the job opportunities names another production, recipients are hedging their bets that it's a fake moniker for a much bigger deal.

According to an email obtained by the StarNews, a production calling itself "Caged Heat" is shooting in Wilmington and unit production manager JoAnn Perritano is looking to staff an office now and a second "at some point."

"Though I will be bringing a POC (production office coordinator) from Los Angeles, there are many opportunities," the email states. "I will need APOCs (assistant production office coordinators), a travel coordinator, production secretaries and PAs (production assistants). I will be in town November 1st, 2nd and 3rd. I am hoping to meet potential crew at one point during that trip."

Wilmington Regional Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin declined to confirm if "Caged Heat" was a code name for "Iron Man 3" and said he could not offer additional information.

Perritano is listed on The Internet Movie Database as the past production manager for "The Amazing Spider-Man" (scheduled for release in 2012), "The Social Network" and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," among others.

"Iron Man 3" is to be filmed next summer with an expected release date of May 2013.

Thanks for the heads up from NCREB.
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Supes17 - 10/27/2011, 10:36 AM
I'm excited!
Hopefully it turns out better than Iron Man 2 :p
comicoverlord - 10/27/2011, 10:40 AM
I just moved from Wilmington 2 years ago. Story of my life.
Shaman - 10/27/2011, 10:40 AM
I hope they like asians in NC. Not because i don't think they do but because i want the goddamn MANDARIN!!!
sexymuppet - 10/27/2011, 10:41 AM
im hoping for ghost, that would be a really nice change of pace from all the armored villains
Moonwalker1991 - 10/27/2011, 10:41 AM
Glad to see this is getting off the ground. Sadly without Jon Favreau as director. I'd love to see more War Machine/Rhodes and of course the Mandarin.
Fogs - 10/27/2011, 10:42 AM
I love this IM picture used in the article.

Caged Heat? Could it be some hint?
Fogs - 10/27/2011, 10:47 AM
@nailbiter111 - yeah, you're probably right.
valeriesghost - 10/27/2011, 10:49 AM
Trust me on this one, Tea is right. Scary.
comicoverlord - 10/27/2011, 10:52 AM
So if you guys are into chasing them down. I can guarantee the actors will be staying at the Waterfront Hilton. The crew will stay at the Hampton Inn Medical Park and the Hampton Inn University Area. They probably won't use Wilmington for any exterior shots but Screen Gems/EAU has a warehouse on Front St. near Mears that they use a lot and it's probably your best bet to meet the cast.
Shaman - 10/27/2011, 10:52 AM
Tea- If you mean "fear" as in being scared into arousal then yes. Yes. :)
namicolo - 10/27/2011, 10:53 AM
Im pretty sure the MANY MANY MANY

United States Marines are enjoying Iron Man 3 being filmed an hour away....Im even positive they will have Marine IN Iron man 3
headlopper - 10/27/2011, 11:32 AM
You'll also get a Governor's welcome if your balls weigh more than 9.8 oz.
I have a plaque in the governor's mansion somewhere.
ironknight - 10/27/2011, 11:34 AM
Just my luck. I live in NC, but just far enough away to not be able to drive there in a day.
NightForce - 10/27/2011, 1:00 PM
@Illwill, How much of Nolan's jizz is in your mouth bro?
marvel72 - 10/27/2011, 1:32 PM
fingers crossed its as good as the first iron man & better than the second.
95 - 10/27/2011, 1:52 PM
Why North Carolina? Architectural reasons? Tax incentives? Do they have a studio there?
95 - 10/27/2011, 1:54 PM
Oh, they're filming in studio...

"EUE/Screen Gems Studios' Wilmington film production facility"
marvel72 - 10/27/2011, 3:04 PM
@ illwill

no one will say it to your face is probably because they live in another country.

i.e i live in england you maybe live in america,i'm definetly not gonna jump on a plane just to get in your face.
Wolverine19742 - 10/27/2011, 3:25 PM
@Illwill, Didnt you start in a movie bro? I could have swore that it was titled after you, what was it.......... Oh yeah LOSER.
SugarYumYum - 10/27/2011, 3:31 PM

SO FREAKING CLOSE YET SO FAR AWAY AHHHHHHGGGHH The train doesn't go out there either. FML T___T
ll3raider - 10/27/2011, 11:58 PM
Why couldn't have this been two years ago when I was at UNC Wilmington...ahh to be in college again...

But super stoked for this, might have to make some day trips to see what I can witness
TheDetectiveComicRises - 10/28/2011, 6:40 AM
Great to have this I live in Raleigh,NC :)
blue18 - 10/28/2011, 11:26 AM
It would be great if it did film there for two reasons: #1 - the amazing TV series on the CW "One Tree Hill" has been filming there ever since it first premiered in '03. It's a great show, I definitely recommend it! #2 - It's Iron Man! Seriously? You don't even need to ask! That name just plain invites awesomeness into your mind and then makes it explode!!! :D
namicolo - 10/31/2011, 10:28 AM
Does no one else understand that there is military up the ass there. THat could be 60 percent of the reason why they are there. the other 40 would be the massive water set there.....

Then again it could be for all the pizza and other shops that sell drugs and the cops don't do anything because they are all get their cut....

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