Facebook group pushes for James Brown movie to premiere in Augusta

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 11pm /Wednesday, March 19, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- If some locals get their way, Hollywood will be coming to Augusta.

Get On Up is set to hit movie theaters in August, but now some are hoping James Brown's hometown will get to see it first.

News 12 talked to the man behind this movement. Supporters are hoping social media will send a message to producers in California about bringing the movie premiere here, but fans aren't the only one's wishing, so are James Brown's friends and family.

One James Brown fan is hoping you'll get on up and like his Facebook page to convince the producers of the James Brown movie to bring the premiere here to Augusta.

"People want to see a premiere here and I am all for that," Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver said.

Copenhaver knew the Godfather of Soul and says since Brown's hometown wasn't used in the movie it should at least be shown here first.

"I'm willing to do all I can and I know the city as a whole supports it because he's one of our favorite sons," he said.

In less than 24 hours the Facebook page "Bring 'Get On Up' Premiere to Augusta" has almost 300 likes.

The founder says showing the film here first will take it to the next level and the Imperial Theater downtown is a natural fit.

"It would be truly amazing," Charles Scavullo said.

Scavullo runs the Imperial and says the stage where James Brown practiced before his world tours could handle the task with some upgrades.

"The projector and quite possibility the sound system as well, depending on what the technical specs are and what the producers and director's vision is for the film screening," he told News 12.

Deanna Brown Thomas, James Brown's daughter, said she likes the idea of rolling the film in Augusta for the first time, even talking to producers about it. Although, the final yes has to come from them.

So, if you feel good about the idea, give it a like on Facebook and do a little James Brown while you're at it.

The Imperial Theater seats 850 people which is close to Hollywood's Mann's Chinese Theater which seats 932, but the catch will be the cost. They'll need to raise a few thousand dollars through sponsorships or donations to make it happen, but in the end Universal Pictures will have the final say.

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