“George & Tammy,” a TV miniseries about late county stars George Jones and Tammy Wynette, has re-opened offices in Wilmington after going on hiatus this past spring.
The production, which had already announced that Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain would play the role of Wynette, recently added fellow Oscar nominee Michael Shannon to play the role of Jones.
This according to an August Facebook post from Georgette Jones, who’s the only child of Jones, who died in 2013, and Wynette, who died in 1998. The series is based on Jones’ 2011 book, “The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George.”
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Also in her post, Georgette Jones said the music for the series is being done by Oscar and Grammy winner T Bone Burnett, known for his work on such films as “Walk the Line,” “Cold Mountain” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
It’s not clear when filming is supposed to start, but with all of the studio space at EUE/Screen Gems Studios currently booked with other productions, “George & Tammy” would appear to be using Wilmington-area locations for the most part.
In her post on Facebook, Jones said the actor Josh Brolin was initially set to play her father, but due to scheduling conflicts Brolin will serve as co-producer instead.
“George & Tammy” started pre-production in Wilmington back in April, but went on hiatus after a couple of weeks. It will be the latest production to shoot locally in what could be a record year for the film industry in Wilmington.
There are currently four major TV productions currently listed as in-production on the website for the Wilmington Regional Film Commission: “The Summer I Turned Pretty” for Amazon, “Echoes” and “Florida Man” for Netflix and “Our Kind of People” for Fox.
The feature films “One True Loves” and “Breakwater” are listed as being in pre-production.
The “George & Tammy” miniseries was written by Abe Sylvia, who’s known for his TV work (“Nurse Jackie,” “Dead to Me”). Sylvia also wrote the screenplay for the forthcoming “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” based on the documentary about the rise and fall of Christian evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, which also stars Chastain.
Chastain is a Golden Globe winner (2013’s “Zero Dark Thirty”) and two-time Oscar nominee (best supporting actress for “The Help” and best actress for “Zero Dark Thirty”). Chastain’s Freckle Films production company is also involved with “George & Tammy.”
Shannon has scored best supporting actor Oscar nominations for roles in “Revolutionary Road” and “Nocturnal Animals.”
“George & Tammy” will chronicle the couple’s often-tumultuous six-year marriage, which ended in divorce in 1975. The country couple was known for their series of duets — “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and “Near You” — but had many individual hits as well, like Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “The Race is On.”
According to a story from September of 2020 by film industry publication The Hollywood Reporter, “George & Tammy” was originally planned as a feature film for Fox Searchlight Pictures. A news release last year from the Paramount Network said it’s now being co-produced by Spectrum Originals and Paramount Network. It will initially air exclusively for Spectrum subscribers before moving over to the Paramount Network’s streaming site.
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TV series ‘George & Tammy’ resumes in Wilmington, adds Michael Shannon