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'Need for Speed' Filming Closes Emerson Roads

Parts of Old Alabama and its extension to Red Top Mountain Road in Bartow County apparently will be in the movie.

A film production has closed Bartow roads today and may tomorrow, too.

DreamWorks Studios film production Need for Speed has been burning up roads across Georgia from Macon to Rome, and previously has made cash registers ring in Cartersville, according to  Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau officials.

Filming of Need for Speed this week is talking place Tuesday and possibly Wednesday on parts of Old Alabama Road and its extension to Red Top Mountain Road, which has necessitated the closure of those roads, Emerson's Deputy City Clerk Patty Gilleland said.

Need for Speed is directed by Scott Waugh and is based on the Electronic Arts video game series. The story tells of a local street-racer (Paul) who partners with a rich and arrogant business associate (Cooper), only to find himself framed by his colleague and sent to prison. 

Vowing revenge upon his release, Paul’s character joins a New York-to-Los Angeles race contest led by Keaton. The ex-partner puts a massive bounty on the racer’s head, forcing him to run a cross-country gauntlet of illegal racers in all manner of supercharged vehicles.

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