WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference will be held November 15-17 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. While the weekend will be full of workshops, panels, readings, and more, attendees have another reason to visit the coast this fall: to experience a bit of Hollywood history.
Countless movies have been shot in Wilmington and the surrounding area, including Firestarter (1985), starring a young Drew Barrymore and adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Another Wilmington-based movie, Sleeping with the Enemy, was released in 1991, starring Julia Roberts.
Also in the 1990s, Wilmington was the backdrop for fan favorites such as 1995's Empire Records; the Coen brothers' comedy The Hudsucker Proxy (1994); and The Jackal starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere (1997). There was also The Crow (1994), which, although critically acclaimed, is arguably most famous for being Brandon Lee's last movie—tragically, he died in an on-set accident during filming.
Three movies made noise in 2002: A Walk to Remember; The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. The movie adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, starring Jim Carrey, Jude Law, and Meryl Streep, was released in 2004.
Most recently, Iron Man 3 was shot along the Cape Fear Coast. And Kill the Messenger, a movie based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, is scheduled for release in 2014.
Interested in touring some of the "Hollywood" locations in Wilmington? Book a location tour here. And for a complete list of television shows and movies shot in the Wilmington area, click here.
Of course, Wilmington was also home to the nineties' hit television series Dawson Creek. And no article like this would be complete without a shout-out to the 1989 comedy Weekend at Bernie's. Maybe not a great movie—maybe not even a good movie—but one that had a profound and riotous influence on a certain movie-watching audience of a certain age.
Registration for the NCWN 2013 Fall Conference is now open.