Hollywood actors with Arkansas ties filming new movie in Jonesboro

Hollywood actors with Arkansas ties filming new movie in Jonesboro
You might recognize his name from hits like Scream and Never Been Kissed, but now actor David Arquette is working on a new film, 12 Hour Shift. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Some Hollywood actors with Arkansas ties are bringing the action to Region 8.

A Region 8 News got an exclusive look on the movie set that’s right here in Jonesboro.

Filming started just this month, and this one film is really part of a bigger push to bring movie-making to Arkansas.

You might recognize his name from hits like Scream and Never Been Kissed, but now actor David Arquette is working on a new film, 12 Hour Shift.

"It's one night that goes crazy out of control," Arquette said.

In the movie, a group of nurses in the 90's get into the organ trading business on the black market.

In reality, actors are roaming the first and third floors of Arkansas Continued Care Hospital.

“The hospital has been really incredible to us,” Arquette said. “They really had open arms, have been really accommodating and wonderful to work with.”

Arquette’s wife Christina McLarty, who’s producing the film, is originally from Arkansas, and Tara Perry, an actress, is from right here in Jonesboro.

Those ties and talks with Governor Asa Hutchinson made this the perfect location for filming.

“We’re excited to see the continued growth of the film industry in Arkansas, along with the first-rate production houses that have taken notice and the caliber of projects being created here,” Governor Hutchinson said.

"He understands the importance of the film industry and what it can bring to a community," Arquette said.

Arquette said 12 Hour Shift is just the beginning in a larger effort to have more movies filmed across the state, opening the door for all of the benefits that follow.

"There's something called the halo effect," Arquette said. "So when films come to a community, the restaurants start making more money, ride share services, catering, different employment opportunities, so we've always had a love for Arkansas and really wanted to bring movie making here."

Region 8 News was told filming should be wrapping up by the end of the month, and after post production, they’re hoping to enter the movie into film festivals by August.

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