Into the Storm will open in theaters everywhere next Friday, August 8th, and what you may not know about the movie is that it was filmed right here in metro Detroit, specifically in Pontiac, Oakland Twp., and at Meadow Brook Hall. Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Matt Walsh (TV's Veep), and Sarah Wayne Callies (formerly of TV's The Walking Dead) will star, and the premise of the film is that "a group of high school students document the events and aftermath of a devastating tornado" (Wikipedia).
Production chose to film the movie here because it's a flat state, similar to what Oklahoma or Nebraska - tornado central - look like, said director Steven Quale. Some of the tornado scenes were shot right on Oakland University's campus, in fact, and not all of the visual effects will be done in the editing room: wind machines and others were used to throw debris into the actors' paths.
Oakwood Middle School in Lake Orion was also transformed into a disaster area two years ago during filming, and the school principal said it was fun - or at least, definitely unique - to watch. About 1,100 extras were brought in for the scene, and many who weren't extras came to the shoot to watch, which brought in revenue to the area restaurants and businesses.
I'm looking forward to this movie because I love a good tornado film, and also because of Sarah Wayne Callies, whom I loved as Lori on The Walking Dead.
Will you be seeing Into the Storm when it hits theaters on August 8th?