Gov. Bev Perdue can deliver the rock.
Dwayne Johnson that is.
Perdue's office announced today that New Line Cinemas will begin filming Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, starring Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine, later this month in Wilmington.
The shooting is expected to last for five months, with an economic impact "in the millions of dollars," according to a release.
Journey 2 is a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth, which starred Brendan Fraser.
Here's a summary of the plot from comingsoon.net:
"Dwayne Johnson will play the boyfriend of Josh Hutcherson's mom, who Hutcherson is forced to bring on a trip to a mythical and monstrous island to find his missing grandfather. The script is loosely based on Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island."
Why did the filmmakers choose Wilmington? Because of our water tank.
In addition to the state’s talented and trained film professionals, Wilmington is also home to the water tank at EUE/Screen.
Journey 2 is expected to qualify for the state’s 25 percent film incentive.
In July, Perdue signed into law a bill that raised the cap on a tax credit that film production companies can take from $7.5 million to $20 million.
Salaries that exceed $1 million aren't eligible for the tax credit.
Journey 2 is being produced by New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., along with Contra Film, and Walden Media.