GILES COUNTY, Va.—Giles County has been chosen as the location to film the movie "Wish You Well," it was announced Thursday.
The movie is based on writer David Baldacci's novel.
The movie's production team was considering 15 locations, and eventually narrowed it down to Alleghany Highlands and Giles County.
According to a news release, Giles County won out because "the producers believe that logistically and artistically Giles is the best fit for the production and has numerous options for the locations in the film."
However, producers are still considering Alleghany Highlands as the setting for some additional photography.
Here is the news release from the movie's production coordinator, Chinah Jewell:
Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia (May 17, 2012) - Giles County, Virginia, has been selected as the location for the feature film Wish You Well, the movie’s producers announced today. The movie is based on author David Baldacci’s bestselling novel, Wish You Well, and is planned to be shot in the fall of 2012.
After launching a search throughout Southwest Virginia, the production team narrowed its search from 15 prospective counties to two: Alleghany Highlands and Giles County. The counties showed their support of the film by submitting extensive informational packages and opening their communities to the team during location scouts in February and April. Though the final decision was a difficult one, the producers believe that logistically and artistically Giles is the best fit for the production and has numerous options for the locations in the film. One of the film’s producers, Sara Elizabeth Timmins, stated, “We were very impressed with the team on the ground in Giles. The passion and enthusiasm displayed has been remarkable, and we are looking forward to working very closely with County Administrator Chris McKlarney and his office as well as with Brogan and Dianne Dinger of the Giles County Film Office as we bring Wish You Well to Giles County.” The producers are also considering Alleghany Highlands for some additional photography.
The film is a collaboration between Life Out Loud Films, Baldacci Entertainment and Copper Beech Productions. For more information about Wish You Well, visit the film’s Facebook page “Wish You Well Movie” or www.wishyouwellthemovie.com; to learn more about David Baldacci, visit www.davidbaldacci.com.