Dallas (the television series), Prison Break, and The Tree of Life are among the many productions recently filmed in Dallas, Texas. This year, joining the list are two television pilots soon to call Dallas home (at least for awhile), FOX's Frankenstein and HBO's Mamma Dallas.
A modern spin based on the Mary Shelley's classic novel of the same name, FOX's Frankenstein centers on Ray Pritchard, "a morally corrupt retired cop who gets a second chance at life when he's brought back from the dead," reported Deadline. Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement) has been casted to play Otto Goodwin, the shy but brilliant Internet billionaire who is also one of Pritchard's creators. Written by Rand Ravich and produced by Howard Gordon (the producer of one of the most popular television shows of all-time Homeland), Frankenstein has also enlisted Michael Cuesta to direct its pilot episode. The Dallas Film Commission recently placed a crew call for Frankenstein with a start date of March 16, 2015.
Mamma Dallas, written and soon to be directed by Mike White, is a comedy pilot about a conservative Texas couple who hires a drag queen to be their live-in nanny. Even though casting is still in process and the estimated starting shoot date is in March 2015, it looks like one of the show's main characters will be played by Augustus Prew (Kick-Ass 2).
Having two pilots slated to film in Dallas this spring is a boost to the city's economy. "We are very happy about all the interest there had been in filming here this pilot season," states Dallas Film Commissioner Janis Burklund. "It's a good sign for the future. This will put a lot of people to work, and we're most happy about that."
The Greater Dallas/Forth Worth Region provides filmmakers with a wealth of diverse locations. Less than 30 miles apart, Dallas and Fort Worth together offer an interesting melting pot of settings that can easily stand for "Anywhere, USA." From the hip, urban modern skyline of Dallas to the "brick and mortar" neighborhoods of downtown Fort Worth, the region's landscapes include small towns of bygone days, contemporary rural America with its ranches and gently rolling farmland, and modern suburban cities.
As to weather, being in North Texas means it's generally mild and warm year-round, a big help in keeping productions on schedule.
For information on filming in Dallas, visit the Dallas Film Commission.
For information on filming in Texas, visit the Texas Film Commission.
PHOTO CREDIT: Banner features two book covers for Frankenstein - image via Google.