'Fast and Furious 8,' baseball series to film in Central Georgia

A cable-channel comedy series and the latest installment of a huge movie franchise are both warming up their cameras to film in Central Georgia.

The Bibb County Commission got a briefing Tuesday on two projects in the works.

"Brockmire" is a comedy series for the IFC network. 

According to Variety and Deadline Hollywood, the series centers on a famed major-league baseball announcer whose career crashes after on the air-meltdown. 

"A decade later, Jim Brockmire decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small town, calling minor league ball for the Morristown Frackers," according to Hollywood Deadline.

According to the show-biz publications, "Brockmire" will star Hank Azaria, longtime voice of "The Simpsons," and Amanda Peet, known for roles in TV series like "The Good Wife," "Togetherness" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

Filming there is scheduled to begin June 22.

Luther Williams Field has also been a location for "42," "Trouble With the Curve," and in 1976, "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings."

Commission members also heard that "Fast and Furious 8" is getting ready to film at the Guardian Center in Perry, a disaster training center.

According to IMDB, the film will star Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel and many others.

Terrell Sandefur of the Macon-Bibb Film Commission said the film crew will be in town for almost a month. He said the film commission is showing filmmakers sites in Macon in hopes that they'll film here as well.


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