The 13th Street Bridge over the Chattahoochee River will be closed from next Tuesday morning until as late as noon Saturday for filming of the movie “Need for Speed,” the movie’s supervising location manager said today.
“Need for Speed” is a “racing action movie” based on an Electronic Arts video game, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The cast includes Michael Keaton, Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper.
The scene to be filmed on the bridge will involve a high-end sports car being driven off the bridge into the river below, said Patrick Mignano of NFS Productions/Dreamworks Studios.
Mignano said having the bridge closed down for four-plus days may seem like a lot for filming one scene, but that’s the way it is in the movies.
”When you see the film, it’s going to be a car crash. You’ll see the car spin and flip over the rails,” Mignano said. “But what it takes to get those 15-20 seconds of film takes four days because everything’s got to be controlled. Everything has to be precise.”
Columbus Police will work intersections downtown during high traffic hours while the bridge is closed to help ease the inconvenience to drivers, said Deputy City Manager David Arrington.
”We’re real excited about having them in our community,” Arrington said.
The filming will have minimal impact on whitewater rafting on the river, Mignano said. There will be times when river traffic will be halted for safety reasons, he said, but not for long stretches of time. Mignano said some filming will also be done on Interstate 185 between Victory Drive and St. Mary’s Road and on Manchester Expressway.
“Need for Speed” has already filmed scenes in other Georgia cities, including Macon and Rome.
Georgia is one of the top five film and TV production destinations in the country, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“Since 1972, more than 700 feature films, TV movies, TV series, single episodes and pilots have been produced in Georgia, generating over $7 billion dollars in economic impact,” it notes.
— Sonya Sorich contributed to this report.