The Last Song to be the Last Chance?

Wilmington is commonly known as “Hollywood East” because it is home to EUE Screen Gems Studios, the largest TV and movie production facility outside of California. Movies filmed here include, A Walk to Remember, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Nights in Rodanthe, just to name a few. The television series shot in Wilmington, Matlock, Dawson’s Creek, and most recently, One Tree Hill have been very successful.
So when Disney contacted Nicholas Sparks about working their magic on his book, The Last Song, there was no doubt that the film would be shot in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, where the book is plotted. Wilmingtonians were gearing up for the new movie and practicing their Hoedown Throwdown to welcome Miley Cyrus with bells on, when Sparks agreed to have the movie filmed in Tybee, GA. Sparks says it fit the book better because it was less commercial than the Wrightsville Beach he wrote about 20 years ago. Members of the cast agree and enjoyed working in Georgia.
Home state fans of Sparks remained loyal when the movie premiered in Wilmington last night at 7:30. Dry eyes and the disappointed were few and far between. Hopefully The Last Song was not Wilmington’s last movie moment opportunity, or we may be seeing less dry eyes and fewer celebrity encounters in this town.