Rome, Georgia, Plays Host to Hollywood for Sports Film | Sports Destination Management

Rome, Georgia, Plays Host to Hollywood for Sports Film

May 19, 2013

"Need for Speed," a new sports-themed motion picture by Dreamworks, has been filming in Rome and Floyd County Wednesday May 15 - Sunday May 19, announced the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The film stars Dominic Cooper, Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton and Imogen Poots. The plot follows a cross country race framed by a massive bounty.

Filming has been taking place on the Rome Bypass from Highway 27 to Blacks Bluff Road, Cave Spring Road, and Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Historic Downtown Rome.

Some of the locations used:

  • The Rome Bypass from Highway 27 to Blacks Bluff Road

  • Cave Spring Road near Bagwell Road

  •  Pennington Avenue at Myrtle Hill Cemetery

"We are excited to welcome Dreamworks to town and roll out the red carpet for these production crews," said Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director. "These film crews inject money into all areas of our community, and they have put a special emphasis on keeping their money within Rome and Floyd County."

"Need for Speed" will be released in spring of 2014. This is the first major motion picture to film in Rome since "Sweet Home Alabama" was filmed in 2001.

Rome and Floyd County are certified as a Camera Ready County through the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The program assists producers in finding quality locations throughout Georgia. Filming in Georgia has dramatically increased since the Georgia Entertainment Industry Act went into effect officering production companies up to 30 percent cost saving over filming in other states.

For more information on the filming schedule or about Rome and Floyd County, call the Rome - Floyd Visitor Center at 706-295-5576.

About The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau: The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic fabric of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events. 

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