Hollywood is coming back to Mooresville, this time for an extensive stay.
A new Cinemax cable TV series called “Banshee” is set to start filming downtown at the Mooresville Depot within the next three weeks. While film crews have been frequent visitors to Mooresville in recent years, shooting commercials and movie scenes during brief stays, the crew of “Banshee” will be filming here through September.
Leo Gordon and Dennis Stanke, officials of the Mooresville Artist Guild, made a presentation to town commissioners Friday morning about the Guild’s plans to renovate the former Southern Railway depot, and said the “Banshee” production will aid those plans.
“HBO will begin filming the show using our Depot as the focus point,” Gordon said. “I’m glad it will be bringing some good attention to Mooresville and the Depot.”
“Banshee” was initially on the fall lineup at HBO, which owns Cinemax, but was moved to the latter network. Ten episodes have been ordered from producer/creators Alan Ball (“True Blood”) and Greg Yaitanes (“House”).
According to the Los Angeles Times, the series will be “set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish Country and feature an enigmatic ex-con who's also an expert in martial arts…and imposes his own brand of justice.”
The cast includes actors Russ Blackwell, Ulrich Thomsen, Matt Servitto, Trieste Dunn, Daniel Ross Owens and Hoon Lee.
Gordon said the film crew will build a large wooden train platform at the back of the depot, which “works out beautifully for us because in our redesign, it was exactly what we had planned to do. The production company is paying for it and we are most appreciative.”
Most of the filming will be done at night, he said. Scenes will also be shot at 178 N. Broad St. and “Banshee” location manager Scott Clackum said they plan to rent other local facilities as needed. He said the crew and actors expect to be a presence in the community and are already making an economic impact – dining regularly in downtown Mooresville.
After filming ends in September, Cinemax will decide whether to make plans for a second season.
On May 18, the artist guild will host a fundraiser for the Depot upgrades, and Gordon said he hopes the cast of “Banshee” will attend.
Also Friday, town commissioners said they will consider at Monday night’s meeting an allocation of $10,000 to expand on a study of the Downtown Master Plan to help gauge future growth.
“We have several downtown projects ready to gear up soon and rather than do them piecemeal, we want to create a complete concept for downtown,” said Mooresville Senior Planner Craig Culberson. “We’re concentrating around Moore and Center Avenues, looking specifically at parking, the possibility of residential apartments and retail. This should give us a comprehensive look. We don’t want to start doing landscaping or paving lots if a few years down the road, we’re going to need to make a parking deck.”
Additionally, commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed 60-unit apartment complex on Talbert Road and will consider MI-Connection’s request for an immediate infusion of $729,420.