Earlier this week, Georgia was at the center of national controversy when state Governor Brian Kemp surprisingly announced plans to gradually reopen the state—despite Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms being unaware and disapproving of his plans. Well, Tyler Perry is caught somewhere in the middle, as recent reports say that he is actively working on a plan to safely reopen his massive Atlanta movie studio.
According to @TMZ_TV, Tyler Perry isn’t in a hurry to reopen his Atlanta movie studio following Governor Brian Kemp’s recent ending of stay-at-home orders—but he is trying to find a safe way to get things back up and running. Reportedly, Tyler is crafting a unique way to put his cast and crew members back to work on his 330-acre Atlanta movie studio complex and pay them extra in the process.
Sources reveal that Tyler’s plan would include specific guidelines to be followed in order to ensure everyone’s health and safety. All productions that shoot at his studio would require all cast and crew check in on the first day of filming, then they would all be tested for coronavirus. All those who test negative, would then be invited on the actual studio lot—and they will have to live on the studio premises the entire time during production and filming.
If you’re wondering where the cast and crew would live, well there are reportedly plenty of options. Since Tyler’s studio was once an army base, there are 141 barracks on-site and 40 historic houses that are habitable. Additionally, Tyler had also built another 30 houses on the lot for various productions, so they can also be used.
The cast and crew can would also be able to use all the facilities at Tyler’s studio, including a gym, a bar and restaurants. There was a hospital built on the lot for one of his productions and he reportedly believes it could become functional enough to use for medical services if he decides to bring a doctor and nurse to the facility.
The plan would also see his own productions shooting first—each one of his six shows takes about 2 1/2 weeks to film, so the cast and crew would only have to stay for that period of time. A few weeks later the same crew would return to shoot another season of another show, and so on.
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