Movie crew picks area

Published 12:20 am Thursday, June 28, 2007

NATCHEZ — Miss-Lou residents shouldn’t be surprised if in coming months they see a couple dressed in 1930s garb and robbing a bank while cameras roll.

An Alabama production company has all but officially decided to film their new Bonnie and Clyde movie in Natchez and surrounding areas, Director Tonya Holly said Wednesday.

Crewmembers visited Natchez in late May to scope out a good location to film an independent movie about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

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“We’re probably going to shoot it here,” Holly said. “We’re pretty certain.”

The $20 million independent film will feature “A-list” actors, Holly said, but she wouldn’t name possible stars.

The script doesn’t much resemble the 1967 Hollywood movie, she said.

“I love the original picture, but this is nothing like that picture,” Holly said. “It will be more historically correct and more character driven.”

Location manager James Chambliss said the area was almost perfect to shoot the film.

“It’s like a child in a candy store,” he said. “I can turn around and see five different locations (to film) and not move my feet.”

Years ago, Natchez played host to film crews on a regular basis, but the most recent feature film shot here was in 1996, city media liaison Sally Durkin said.

Film crews spend money on lodging and food, as well as local supplies, she said.

The big draw for the production company was the recently approved tax incentives for the movie industry, Chambliss said, addressing the county board of supervisors.

“The reason we’re here is the tax credits,” he said. “Ya’ll have done a great job getting the incentives. Once you get a history (of filming), they’re going to come rolling in.”

Filming is set to start the end of September or beginning of October, depending on how quickly actors sign, Holly said. They will spend roughly 10 weeks filming.