Ever since the global pandemic hit, the world has been turned upside down. The disease has caused massive shutdowns for tons of different industries, like the film industry, bars, and even schools. Of the latter, many states have gone to distance learning, locking down the schools to stop mass groupings and help to curb the spread of the pandemic. But now, as Spider-Man 3 has begun production in Atlanta, there is some frustration from the locals due to two of the locations used for the film.
The Spider-Man films have had a steady location of the Midtown School of Science and Technology, where Peter is a student. And, even though Mysterio outed him as Spider-Man and framed him for murder, apparently the school is still a crucial location for the third film. So, the location manager, Ian Easterbrook, lobbied for the film to be a special exception to the no filming allowed at Atlanta schools. There is also a stiff ‘no students’ ban on these schools, the two specifically used in the film are Fredrick Douglass High and Henry W. Grady High. It would seem that the despite the moratorium on schools, Marvel and Sony got special permission, and some people are upset.
Why parents in some Georgia school districts are frustrated, in a nutshell: Atlanta students still don’t know when they can return to classrooms, but the cast of “Spider-Man” is about to film in two local high schools. #gapol https://t.co/Xkrq6ZWxCl
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) November 27, 2020
Marvel Studios reportedly offered the Atlanta School system $50,000 to film in the schools. An email by Marvel Studios location manager Ian Easterbrook read:
“I know that APS is currently not accepting filming applications due to the COVID pandemic, and I know that filming a new movie quickly falls to the bottom of the priority list.”
Easterbrook added that the movie has unique and very time-sensitive circumstances, and the schools were vital to the success of this next film – due to the spots that were established in Spider-Man: Homecoming. APS spokesman Seth Coleman said the district said that it made an exception for Spider-Man 3 because the schools had been used before.
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