"Hollywood East"

"Hollywood East" and "Wilmywood" are names that have been attributed to Wilmington through the years. With a long list of film and TV credits to its name, the Wilmington area has served as the perfect backdrop for blockbuster and indy productions alike since Firestarter filmed here in the early 1980s.

Film and television enthusiasts have the opportunity to get a glimpse of famous downtown locations with a Hollywood Location Walk tour or one of several self-guided tours of our area's many film and TV spots.


Upcoming Productions

Knife-wielding Michael Myers is coming to Wilmington as the sequels of the horror movie franchise, "Halloween" will continue with "Halloween Kills" and "Halloween Ends." Befitting news given Wilmington has been named one of the most actively haunted cities in the country. Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the original "Halloween," will be continuing her role as Laurie Strode for both sequels. Both movies will be filmed in Wilmington with the plans to release the films in 2020 and 2021, respectively. 

Oscar-winner Russell Crowe is starring in the upcoming horror film “The Georgetown Project” (working title). Produced by Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek”, “Scream”, “I Know What you Did Last Summer”), filming in the Wilmington area began in November 2019. According to Deadline.com, Russell Crowe plays a troubled actor who begins to unravel while shooting a horror film.

Recent Productions

Debuting in December 2019, Hulu Television's "Reprisal" follows a woman, played by Abigail Spencer, who seeks revenge on a gang of merciless gearheads after being left for dead. Significant filming locations that have been used in “Reprisal” are Circa 1922, Greenfield Lake, Cardinal Lanes & The Rusty Nail Saloon.

"Uncle Frank," a feature-length independent film written and directed by Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "American Beauty," uses Wilmington as the backdrop for its 1970s New York City setting and stars Sophia Lillis, best known for her role in "It" and Paul Bettany from "Avengers: Infinity War."

DC Comics brought one of their most beloved characters to life in the production of "Swamp Thing." The premise follows CDC researcher, Abby Arcane, who returns to her hometown of Houma, Louisiana to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus and in that discovers the powers the swamp holds. The TV show filmed all around Wilmington.

"Bolden," a biopic about the life of jazz musician, Buddy Bolden, was written and directed by Dan Pritzker. The film was shot in Wilmington and stars "Downton Abby's" Gary Carr as Bolden.

Stars of Wilmington Film

You'll be surprised by the number of Hollywood stars who have filmed in Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Browse through an extensive listing of 64 Hollywood stars, including many Oscar (and Grammy and Tony) winners, who've worked on productions filmed here and see how many you recognize.


Top Film & TV Locations

Lace up your walking shoes, download this guide and head out on a self-guided film location scouting adventure through Wilmington and our Island Beaches. With more than 400 film and TV credits to our name, there are plenty of famous—and infamous—sites to discover.

Dawson's Creek Locations Tour

Transport yourself from Wilmington to Capeside with this self-guided tour of dozens of locations made famous by the popular WB series. Follow a mapped walking tour of locations in downtown Wilmington, and then head to Midtown and our Island Beaches for more.

One Tree Hill Locations Tour

You'll think you're back in Tree Hill as you make your way through Wilmington and our Island Beaches with the self-guided One Tree Hill locations tour as your guide. Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown Wilmington and see highlights of other filming locations around the area.

Recent Awards

Wilmington-based director Jacqueline Olive won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency at the Sundance Film Festival for her documentary, "Always in Season." The feature-length film follows a mother's search for justice and reconciliation after her son was found dead in Bladenboro, N.C. The documentary was one of 16 films in the prestigious festival's U.S. Documentary Competition.