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Fast 7 scouting Rockdale
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“Fast & Furious 7” is the latest Hollywood movie scouting Rockdale County as a possible filming location and production base.

“‘Fast & Furious’ is calling us again on the film side,” announced Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council (CREDC) Executive Director Marty Jones at the organization’s Jan. 21 board meeting.

A previous installment of the hit car-racing action movie franchise, “Fast Five,” brought big money to Rockdale-Conyers in 2010. That production rented more than 1 million square feet of studio space here and created hundreds of jobs in construction and related fields.

“Fast & Furious 7” already started shooting in Atlanta last year. But the Nov. 30 death of star Paul Walker in an unrelated car crash forced producers to start over. 

According to Gina Hartsell, CREDC’s Hollywood liaison, “Fast & Furious 7” originally looked at Conyers as a base of operations, but couldn’t reach a lease agreement. Now, with the film essentially starting over, it is back in Rockdale and looking at options.

Major Hollywood productions already here include the vampire TV series “The Originals” and the upcoming kiddie horror movie “Goosebumps.” Producers of the “Terminator” remakes also are looking at Conyers, as the News previously reported.