New Orleans has become the "Hollywood of the South" where moviemakers love to create some of your favorite movies. In the last few years, the city has played host to any number of movies, some of which may surprise you. Here are some being filmed this summer.
Sylvester Stallone's new action adventure will star himself, along with Mickey Rourke, Forest Whitaker, Jason Statham, and Jet Li. In the movie, a team of mercenaries plan to overthrow a South American dictator, is based on a script by Stallone.
In this supernatural western based on a DC comic, Wild West bounty hunter has a horrifically scarred face and difficult personality, but an honorable nature. It stars Josh Brolin John Malkovich.
Dead of Night
Brandon Routh will star in "Dead of Night," another supernatural-comics-inspired movie. Inspired by the Italian comic book "Dylan Dog" it tells the story of a private investigator who stumbles onto the world of the undead. What better place than New Orleans for this theme?
The Princess and the Frog
Disney Studio is set to release its newest animated treasure, "The Princess and the Frog" in November of 2009. While it wasn't exactly "filmed" here, it is set in the French Quarter during New Orleans' jazz age. It is the story of a lovesick young girl named Tiana, Disney's first black princess (Anika Noni Rose) who kisses a frog. Rather than turning him into a handsome prince, the spell is reversed and she becomes a croaker. As she tries to redeem herself, she encounters a Cajun firefly named Ray, a trumpet-playing alligator named Louis (Michael-Leon Wooley), and a host of other characters with local color. Also in the cast is Oprah Winfrey.
"Treme" is a (hopefully upcoming)HBO series set in post-Katrina New Orleans and will tell the story of why New Orleans matters. It is a post-K recovery story told through the eyes of local musicians and cooks, so many of whom live in the Treme neighborhood. In the cast are Melissa Leo, Wendell Pierce, Steve Zahn, Clarke Peters and Khandi Alexander.
More New Orleans Movies
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
"Benjamin Button" was one of 2008's blockbusters and filmed here with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. You probably already know all about it, but you may not know it was originally set in Baltimore. New Orleans is a much more exotic setting for such an unusual story.
More Recent Movies
Some other movies starring the city are "The Cincinatti Kid" starring Steve McQueen(1965); "JFK" starring Kevin Costner(1991); Brooke Shields' debut movie "Pretty Baby" (1978)(check out the Columns Hotel where it was filmed);"Walk on the Wild Side" with Jane Fonda (1962); "Live and Let Die" with Roger Moore; and one of my favorites, "King Creole" starring Elvis(1958).