Scouting Dallas...in Louisiana
If nothing else, readers of Unfair Park know the blow-by-blow backstage doings regarding the decision to film the big-screen Dallas in Dallas...or Florida or Louisiana or Uranus. So why stop now? There's a piece today in The Shreveport Times that reveals Betty Jo Lebrun-Mooring, of the Shreveport-Bossier Film Office, recently spent a week with a Dallas location scout, who wanted to see whether Bossier City and Shreveport could pass for North Texas. This must be driving Janis Burkland. director of the Dallas Film Commission, crazy: Last week, at the soft opening of the AMC NorthPark 15, she told Unfair Park that 20th Centuty Fox had extended a location scout's visit to Dallas from a few days to longer than a week, and she was optimistic that the studio was going to use more than just a few local exteriors in the shoot, which is supposed to start some time before the year's end.
But why should we just dream and wait? This weekend, the two sequels to 2004's Walking Tall remake begin shooting in the area, but not with The Rock or Johnny Knoxville. Nope, the residents of Parker and Ennis will be treated to glimpses of Kevin "Hercules" Sorbo. But that's just for WTII: In about a month, the production moves to Dallas for Walking Tall III. That's right: It's a trilogy, like The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones and Matrix series. Or Cannonball Run movies. --Robert Wilonsky