Movie set in newspaper office doesn’t stop getting the news out
BY RON DANIEL
DOUGLAS COUNTY SENTINEL
The Douglas County Sentinel office in downtown Douglasville is being transformed into a 1960s bank for the major motion picture “The Banker” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Filming began last week, with the Sentinel office closed Monday, Oct. 8 through Thursday, Oct. 11. The Sentinel will reopen on Friday, Oct. 12 during normal hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The newspaper will still be produced during filming next week and all staff will be reachable by phone and email while the office is closed.
Construction crews spent the last week on site getting the building ready for filming. It is not clear whether Jackson or the film’s other stars — Anthony Mackie, Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult — will be on site next week.
The building the Sentinel now occupies at the corner of Bowden and Spring streets opened in August 1967 as the Douglas County Public Library, the county’s former head librarian Fannie Mae Davis writes in her book “Douglas County, Georgia: From Indian Trail to Interstate 20.”
The transformation of the inside of the Sentinel building over the past week to what renderings of the set show as “Int Marlin Bank” has included some major changes to the office — the most prominent being the installation of a glass wall between the editor’s office and the newsroom that will remain after filming is done.
The editor’s office will be used as “Matt’s Office” in the film, according to the plans provided to the Sentinel.
Another area of the newsroom has been converted into a glassed-off conference room and there will be an area for tellers and a restroom that will be used in the filming, a rendering of the set shows. All of those changes are temporary.
“The Banker” started filming in Atlanta last month, the casting website projectcasting.com shows, with casting calls for dancers for a 1950s jazz club scene, bartenders and waiters, and a golfer being sought last week.
The site doesn’t show any calls for extras for the bank scenes at the Sentinel office. Visit Project Casting’s page for “The Banker” at https://www.projectcasting.com/tag/the-banker/ for more information about being an extra in the film.