Briefly: Earlier this evening, North Carolina news reporter Russ Bowen reported via Twitter that filming on Catching Fire is “likely” to leave North Carolina for Atlanta.
We’ve now learned some details regarding the upcoming production on the film, slated to begin pre-production next month.
— Russ Bowen (@RussBowenNews13) May 16, 2012
We spoke with Bowen, who confirmed there is a “strong possibility” that the soundstage and production offices for Catching Fire will relocate from Charlotte, NC to a warehouse east of Atlanta, due to what is likely tax purposes. Driving the concern over the potential move is the possibility of the current soundstage being sold, which is a chief concern for locals.
There is still a possibility for some exterior shoots in North Carolina, however, with likely locations including the Seam and the Hob. While no official sites for the arena have been announced, possible locations include, as previously reported, Hawaii, as well as Jekylll Island, GA or a location near Wilmington, NC.
Official word is expected to arrive soon, as the crew prepares to begin production on Catching Fire. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as news is revealed. Are you disappointed it looks like the production location is changing?