A bit of Hollywood has come to South DeKalb County.
If the project's impressive wooden structure constructed in the Carriage Park subdivision doesn't turn your head as you travel past it on Browns Mill Road, the production vehicles lining the residential street (as well as the fleet parked at Arabia Mountain High School nearby), big lights, and security will most certainly get folks' attention.
Indeed, a television pilot is filming, confirmed Burke Brennan, DeKalb County's chief communications officer. He said work would wrap up later this month and that a company called Bonanza Productions is involved. Patch contacted a production company of the same name listed with a Decatur address, but was told it is not the one involved in the pilot in Lithonia.
Brennan did not have additional details on what the pilot is about, but WXIA-11 Alive reported that the drama is an NBC pilot by the creator of the series "Lost." WXIA's story also includes an interview with a resident who said the neighborhood was not consulted about the production, which has created some problems including dirt from trucks.
Film projects shooting in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, include: a project starring Kevin Bacon, March 14 through April 9; and an untitled neighborhood project by the Oprah Winfrey Network, April 25-June 6, which has a three-week prep time before its start, said Stefanie Paupeck communications specialist with the department.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include information from, and links to, WXIA-11 Alive's story.