Shreveport/Bossier City had a time where it felt like it was a mini Hollywood. Read about some of the movies filmed in Shreveport/Bossier City.
When people think of Shreveport, Louisiana…well, the truth is, not too many people think of Shreveport at all unless they live, have lived or have family that has lived there. Even though Shreveport is the third largest city in Louisiana (after New Orleans and Baton Rouge), it’s not a very well known city in the grand scheme of things. While that may be true, Shreveport-Bossier City had a few years where it was like the little Hollywood of the south. In the late 2000’s and at the beginning of the 2010’s people start pouring into the area to shoot films in the lil ole SBC (Shreveport-Bossier City), but even before that, there were some major movies filmed in Shreveport.
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009)
Fans of X-Men may be surprised to know that parts of X-Men Origins: Wolverine were shot in Louisiana, both in Shreveport and in New Orleans. As the title states, the movie is about Wolverine’s background.
Starring Adam Sandler, this movie is about an architect who works so hard that he neglects everything and everyone in his life. He discovers a remote that allows him to control his life, including fast forwarding through the things he doesn’t want to do, rewinding the things he wants to repeat and pausing when he needs a break. Of course, things don’t work out as well as he hopes.
THE MIST (2007)
The Mist was filmed in one of Shreveport’s own filming studios, StageWorks. Based on the novel by Stephen King, it’s about a small town in Maine that is engulfed in a mist that brings about strange creatures. While the citizens are stuck in a grocery store, they encounter a number of unexpected and deadly creatures.
MR. BROOKS (2007)
Mr. Brooks had several filming locations throughout Shreveport, including the Stageworks filming studio, the Shreveport Convention Center, Oakland Cemetery, Peter’s Grocery and B’Nai Zion Temple. The film stars Kevin Costner, Dane Cook and Demi Moore and tells the story of a man with a maniacal alter ego.
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994)
Not only was Interview with the Vampire filmed in several locations throughout Louisiana, the movie itself is set in Louisiana. Based on the novel by Anne Rice, it tells the story of a man who was transformed into a vampire in 1791 and the epic and eventful life he has lived since.
THE GUARDIAN (2006)
I remember being excited when I heard this film was being shot in Shreveport. It felt like after this movie was filmed in north Louisiana, so many movies started flocking to the area. Parts of the movie were shot at the Louisiana Wave Studio and on Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. The movie stars Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher and tells the story of a Coast Guard rescue swimmer whose crew is killed during a helicopter accident. After contemplating retiring, he decides to become an instructor at Coast Guard training school where he meets Ben, a cocky top-ranked high school competitive swimmer who decides to enlist.
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (2009)
I was excited to include this movie on the list because I actually met Amber Tamblyn while she was in town filming this movie. I went to dinner at Sushiko, and while I was there, she and some of the people from the film came to the restaurant and ate. I got her autograph. She called me adorable. It was a whole thing. I was a high school senior, and I was geeked, y’all. I didn’t know what movie she was filming at the time, but now that I know, I’m so bummed that Jesse Metcalf and Michael Douglas weren’t there with her.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt is a remake of a 1956 movie about an investigative reporter who is determined to do whatever he can to prove that a district attorney is corrupt, but things don’t go quite as planned.
DARK PLACES (2015)
Being a fan of Gillian Flynn’s novels, I was excited when I heard that Dark Places was becoming a movie and even more excited that it would be filmed in Shreveport. Members of the cast even called the hotel I work at home while they were in town filming the movie. Starring Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Chloë Grace Moretz, the film is about a woman named Libby Day who was the sole survivor of a tragedy that ended the lives of everyone in her family. Thirty years later, she’s approached by someone who wants to uncover exactly what happened the night that her family was murdered. It’s a good one, y’all and my favorite novel by Gillian Flynn. I highly recommend reading the book before watching the movie.
For a list of movies that credit Shreveport, Louisiana as a film location, click here or visit IMDB. If you’re visiting north Louisiana and would like to follow the Shreveport-Bossier film trail, download this brochure from the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s website.
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Even though I grew up in many cities around the world, I’ve been calling Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana home since 2006. When people visit the city, they’re often underwhelmed by the amount of things to do, but as the third largest city in Louisiana, there’s a lot more to the area than meets the eye. In my series, Shreveport Sunday, I’m excited to share some of my favorite things about living (and eating) in Shreveport/Bossier City. To see all of the posts in the Shreveport Sunday series, click here.