Horror, suspense, and zombies abound in New Jersey, and it’s not even Halloween.
Genre films and TV currently and recently in production have ensured Jersey’s bustling film and TV scene maintains a full schedule in 2022. But they’re only part of the full picture when it comes to locally filmed series and films.
Here’s a preview of what’s to come.
Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures is set to shoot the film in Burlington County this spring. The director, of course, is known for his meandering movies, from “The Sixth Sense” to “Old.”
In December, Deadline reported that David Bautista (“Dune,” “Army of the Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) will star in the film, which has a February 3, 2023 release date.
Also in the cast of “Knock at the Cabin”: Jonathan Groff (“The Matrix Resurrections” “Hamilton”), Rupert Grint (Apple TV Plus series of Shyamalan “Servant”, Ron in the “Harry Potter” films), Nikki Amuka Bird (“Old,” HBO’s “Avenue 5”), Ben Aldridge (“Fleabag,” “Pennyworth,” “Spoiler Alert,” a true story by Michael Ausiello directed by Princeton’s Michael Showalter).
The latest spinoff of AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead” is also slated to premiere.
“Isle of the Deadis filming in East Rutherford until May and will follow spin-off series ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, ‘World Beyond’ and ‘Tales of the Walking Dead’, with more in the pipeline.
“Isle of the Dead,” from creators Eli Jorné (also showrunner) and Scott Gimple, is slated to premiere in 2023 and will play Lauren Cohan like Maggie Rhee and Jeffrey Dean Morgan like Negan Smith (they are also executive producers) in a Post-apocalyptic Manhattan.
The six-episode series, announced in March, sees Maggie and Negan in New York City “cut off from the mainland.”
“The ruined city is filled with the dead and people who have made New York their own world filled with anarchy, danger, beauty and terror,” says AMC.
The FX limited series “Retreat,” starring Clive Owen, is filming in Kearny through May.
By Deadline, the show, from “The OA” creators Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, will see a billionaire invites a variety of guests to a retreatwhere one of them is found dead.
Owen, who is no stranger to this film’s limited run in New Jersey – he played a central role alongside Julianne Moore in Stephen King’s “Lisey’s Story” for Apple TV Plus – will star as ‘Andy alongside Emma Corrin, who played a young Princess Diana in ‘The Crown’ and here will play Darby Hart, an amateur detective.
The cast includes Alice Bragga (“Queen of the South”), Jermaine Fowler (“Coming 2 America”), Harris Dickinson (“The King’s Man”), Joan Chen (“Twin Peaks”), Raul Esparza (“Law & Order: SVU”), Javed Khan (“The Bay”), Ryan J. Haddad (“The Politician”), Pegah Ferydoni (“Turkish for Beginners”) and Edoardo Ballerini (“Dinner Rush”).
Star of “Saturday Night Live” pete davidson (“The King of Staten Island”) plays a “troubled” nursing home employee named Max.
Max discovers the people who call home, well, home, have…secrets. (Don’t go to the fourth floor!)
“The Home”, a horror film directed by James DeMonaco (“The Purge”) for Miramax, has just finished filming at the old Saint Francis residential community in Denville.
The NBC series “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” currently in its second season, returns to NBC on April 7.
Christopher Meloni stars as fan favorite Det. Elliot Stabler, this time taking on…you guessed it…organized crime. NYPD Stabler leaves retirement to join an Organized Crime Control Bureau task force on a mission to find out who killed his wife.
The show, which shoots in North Jersey, premiered in 2021 as a spin-off from “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and the second season premiered in September.
The Hulu series “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” inspired by the origin story of the Staten Island hip-hop group, debuted in 2019.
The show returned to New Jersey to film its third season, which is scheduled to be in production at Kearny through June.
The series, created by Alex Tse and RZA of Wu-Tang, stars Shameik Moore as Corey Woods/Sha Raider, Ashton Sanders as Bobby Diggs, Siddiq Saunderson as Dennis Coles/D-Love, Julian Elijah Martinez as Mitchell “Divine.” Diggs, Marcus Callender as Oliver “Power” Grant, Erika Alexander as Linda Diggs, TJ Atoms as Ason Unique, Zolee Griggs as Shurrie Diggs, Dave East as Clifford Smith/Shotgun, and Johnell Xaxier Young as Gary Grice/The Genius.
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