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Published On: Mon, May 18th, 2015

‘Sleepy Hollow’ season 3 set to film in Georgia, Orlando Jones on leaving for ‘High School 51’

The Conyers film sets will be erected for Fox’s popular supernatural TV series Sleepy Hollow moves its production from North Carolina to Rockdale County, Georgia. The third season will film this summer, this time without star Orlando Jones who exited for the new science fiction series: High School 51.

“On Machinima, I was playing a gangster and a criminal, and on Sleepy Hollow, I was playing a police captain, so I think I’ve covered the bases of stereotype and role model,” joked Jones in an interview with Blastr.com

Sleepy Hollow cast photoJones is quiet about his new character, he promises it will be different and “very special.”

Sleepy Hollow will bring about 300 jobs to the Georgia area, most of them new and local, with a $4 million payroll to town in two rented spaces totaling around 200,000 square feet. The deal was announced at the May 7 meeting of the Conyers Rockdale Economic Development Council board.

“It’s a pretty huge production,” said Gina Hartsell, CREDC’s film production liaison. But, she added, “They’re not really interested in filming in Olde Town Conyers,” which drew some signs of relief, as the impact of other film shoots there drew strong complaints this week from local merchants. The Georgia International Horse Park is among likely outdoor filming locations, besides the rented soundstage spaces.

Sleepy Hollow is set in Colonial New York State with filming set to begin in July.

“We stole them away from North Carolina,” which recently ended its film tax-credit program, said Hartsell. “Sleepy Hollow” filmed in that state for its first two seasons.

“This was a competition to land these guys,” said CREDC Executive Director Marty Jones, saying “Sleepy Hollow” considered such other metro Atlanta locations as Fayetteville, home to the major Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

Jones said TV series that last this long often are renewed for at least a fourth season to ensure enough material to sell it as a rerun broadcast package. He sounds very comfortable with another Sci-fi role.

“I don’t consider it that much of a transition, having done Evolution and The Time Machine. I have spent my time in sci-fi as well, and I’m a sci-fi fan. But I literally leave here to go to London, where I’m doing a Supernatural convention, and I’ve never done the show. I am just going as a fan,” Jones says in the interview.

“The fun of the second largest property of all time, Star Trek, is that Gene Roddenberry took the time to get the chemistry and science right. I was a dropout chemistry major, so the idea to play with those science fiction elements with an element of plausibility is what Bob and I got excited about, and we just geeked out on it — now let’s take high school and make it the tumultuous hellhole that it really is.”

Orlando Jones Sleepy Hollow season 1 photo

 

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