It’s no secret movie mogul Tyler Perry has been buying up land in Douglas County. Now, it appears one of his television shows will be filming a short scene in downtown Douglasville.
Perry’s show “The Haves and the Have Nots,” which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), is expected to film some minor shots at the old jail on Monday.
Douglas County Purchasing Director Bill Peacock said Wednesday the production company hadn’t finalized a deal to use the jail, but that the county has been working with the company and was just waiting on the final changes to be approved.
“I would imagine it’s going to happen regardless,” said Peacock.
Bill Marinella Casting posted on Facebook Monday that the company was looking for “men with a muscular build” and “prison guards” for a prison scene shoot in Douglasville on Monday, Dec. 2.
Peacock said none of the stars from the show nor Perry himself are expected in Douglasville for the planned shoot.
“They’re going to have one truck and one camera is all they’re going to have out here,” Peacock said.
“The Haves and the Have Nots” follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Georgia, mansion, according to the OWN website.
John Schneider of “Dukes of Hazard” fame plays Jim Cryer, the Cryer family patriarch. The show also stars Renée Lawless, Aaron O’Connell, Jaclyn Betham, Crystal Fox, Tyler Lepley and Tika Sumpter.
The first season of the show aired over the summer and a second season is set to air in 2014.
“What I’ve been told is they’ve actually shot the scenes where the stars are, where they’re actually doing the show, the conversation” said Peacock. “And these are just more like outside shots and they’ll superimpose their scene shots into some of these outside shots. Fade in, fade out kind of stuff.”
While Peacock said the scenes expected to be filmed at the old jail are “not that big a deal,” 2013 has been a year where some major projects have filmed in Douglas County.
Jeremy Renner, who has starred in films like the “Mission Impossible” films, the “Bourne Legacy” and “The Hurt Locker,” was at the old jail in July for filming of the “Kill the Messenger,” a major film expected to be released next year.
“Mockingjay,” part of the Hunger Games series, filmed at Sweetwater Creek State Park back on Oct. 1.
And the Disney film “Million Dollar Arm” starring Jon Hamm from the television show “Mad Men” filmed at sites around Thornton Road in early July.
The Douglas County government continues to ramp up its efforts to draw more TV and movie filming here. The Douglas County Film Commission was recently put under the umbrella of the county’s development authority. And County Administrator Eric Linton told the Board of Commissioners Monday the county is working on setting up a fee structure for future productions.
Peacock said the county continues to get bites from film companies, especially since it possesses an unoccupied jail, something that’s typically hard to find.
“We have interest from other film companies that have come out to look at the jail,” Peacock said. “And their may be future filming done in the old jail or at the old jail property.”