|Updated: 8/09/2012 2:53 pm
||Published: 8/09/2012 2:52 pm
The Oklahoma Film & Music Office and The Weinstein Company announced Thursday that pre-production for the film adaptation of “August: Osage County” has begun in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin September 24, 2012 and last for eight weeks. Shooting will take place at locations in both Osage and Washington counties in Northeastern Oklahoma.
“August: Osage County” is a feature-length motion picture based on the play of the same name written by Tulsa native Tracy Letts. The play originated at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre before moving to Broadway where it garnered five Tony awards including Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008.
The story centers on the Weston family whose scattered members gather at the family home in rural Osage County when their patriarch vanishes. The cast includes Oscar winning actresses Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and will be directed by John Wells, the fiml will be produced by by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Jean Doumanian and Steve Traxler.
"It is a great honor to be filming in such a scenic and culturally expansive state. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY would not be possible without the generous support from the people of Oklahoma," said TWC President of Production Dylan Sellers.
The production is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, administered by OF&MO.
"We are obviously ecstatic to have a production of this stature filming in our state," says Jill Simpson, director of OF&MO. "They don't come any better than this script, stellar cast, director and stable of producers. Securing August: Osage County was a team effort spanning a couple of years. We are especially grateful for the efforts made by our industry partners at the Bartlesville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce."
"Due to the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program, the state's film industry has experienced documented growth which translates into a positive economic impact," said Deby Snodgrass, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.
"Total jobs created just by films in the enhancement program more than tripled from fiscal year 2010 to 2012, and the economic impact of production statewide in FY11 topped $36 million. A project with the stature of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is a positive for our state, its film industry and the economies of many communities."