Filming began Wednesday at Caldwell Tanks in downtown Newnan for “The Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay.”
Police officers and security guards lined the perimeter of the complex to dissuade any trespassing on the blockbuster film set. Inside the gate, the grounds of Caldwell Tanks were filled with trailers. Activity beyond security personnel was not apparent, with the set being indoors.
The hugely successful movie franchise released the second film in the series, “Catching Fire,” last month and has already amassed more than $350 million at the box office.
Just weeks before the release of “Catching Fire,” the film crew was at Caldwell Tanks on East Broad Street building a coliseum set in the largest of the manufacturing buildings. The filming is on schedule, as Caldwell Tanks employee Gary Walls told The Newnan Times-Herald in November that the filming was set for late December.
“Hunger Games 3” is poised to become one of the highest-profile movies filmed in Coweta County, as the book series-turned-films has turned into a cultural phenomenon, much like AMC cable television network’s “The Walking Dead” has for the area.
The set is closed to the public.
**Source: Written by Bradley Hartsell, The Newnan Times-Herald