Writer/director Jeff Nichols was recently in Saucier, Mississippi, to film a car chase scene for his upcoming movie, Midnight Special. Filming took place 15 miles north of the coastline on Tradition Parkway, a relatively new road that runs alongside the Tradition community best known for being the gulf coast’s site of the St. Jude Dream Home for the past several years.
The majority of the movie is being shot in and around New Orleans, but for this particular chase sequence the filmmakers drove over to neighboring Mississippi. Tradition Parkway is a two-lane winding road with small hills and it’s encased by tall trees on both sides. All of the shooting was accomplished in a weekend and the remote location allowed the filmmakers to work without much interruption from locals.
Key elements of the story are being kept under wraps, but the movie is being described as a “science fiction chase” film about a young boy with special powers who goes on the run from the government, and his father goes along to protect him. The details of the boy’s powers remain a mystery, but Nichols recently revealed that he wanted to make the movie as a tribute to noted writer/director John Carpenter of Starman and Escape from New York fame.
The film boasts an impressive cast that includes Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (most recently seen as General Zod in Man of Steel) as well as Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, and rising star Adam Driver of the TV series, Girls.
Jeff Nichols is a native of Arkansas and prefers to set his movies in the south. This is his fourth feature film. His last movie was Mud, a backwoods fairy tale about a man (Matthew McConaughey) hiding out in the woods along the Mississippi River. It received numerous awards and was named one of the top ten independent films of 2013 by the National Board of Review.
Midnight Special is expected to arrive in theaters in late 2014, though a specific release date has not yet been set.