CONYERS — The end of 2017 in Conyers brought the end of the filming of “The Originals,” which had made its production home in Conyers since 2013. But the next spin-off in the series, “Legacies,” will begin filming this month in Covington and Porterdale, with the production offices and some minor filming still taking place in Conyers.
“The Vampire Diaries” was the originator of the series, and took place in the town of Mystic Falls, Va. The city of Covington became Mystic Falls from 2009 to 2017 for the eight-year run of the show.
The first spin-off, “The Originals,” was set in New Orleans, and Olde Town Conyers became the site for filming, which started in 2013 and ended in December 2017. The show finale featured a Mardi Gras celebration filmed in Olde Town. (Covington will host a viewing party for the show finale on Aug. 1.)
Gina Hartsell, Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council (CREDC) film office and project manager, said “Legacies” is set two years after the end of “The Originals” and takes the series back to Mystic Falls.
“‘Legacies’ is based on ‘The Originals,’ and the main character in ‘Legacies’ is Hope, who was a baby and small child in ‘The Originals,’” Hartsell said. “Now she is grown and that is where the spin-off goes.
“My understanding is that a great deal of their location filming will probably be in Covington. The whole location for the series ‘Legacies’ is they are back in Mystic Falls, Va., like they were in ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ and Mystic Falls is Covington.
“They won’t be filming any major scenes that lock down Olde Town like they did before,” Hartsell added. “They will be filming occasionally at different locations around Conyers. They’ll film a lot at the horse park and different residences, depending on how their scripts are written.”
But the production work for the series will be done in Conyers. Warners Bros., the parent company of Bonanza Productions, which produces the series, leases production space in Conyers. The main production stage is at Weaver Court, behind Eastview Parkway. They also have the 2030 Park Drive building.
Filming has proven profitable for Conyers and Rockdale County. In 2015, CREDC Executive Director Marty Jones said Warner Bros.’ Bonanza Productions reported an annual payroll of $4.5 million a year.
The production contracted with 75 local businesses for goods and services. About 20 percent of its full-time employees live in Rockdale County, and another 300 part-time workers are locals as well. “The Originals” also paid about $45,000 in local personal property taxes, which directly benefited the county.
The series airs on The CW Television Network (The CW). The official synopsis for “Legacies” on The CW website reads: “For the last decade, the iconic heroes and villains of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals’ have captivated audiences worldwide.
“They left an enduring legacy of love and family in their wake, which continues in Legacies, a thrilling new drama that tells the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
“It’s here that Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell); Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant and Jenny Boyd); and other young adults — including political scion MG and the mysterious Landon Kirby — come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves … in spite of their worst impulses.
“Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be?
“As they fight to protect their secret, their town of Mystic Falls and eventually the world, they will have to rely on ancient folklore and tales to learn how to battle their far-reaching enemies.”