Updated: 01/10/2013 6:10 P.M.
Pro wrestlers are ready to run the "Zombies" out of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Filming of the movie, "Pro Wrestlers Vs. Zombies" began Thursday near South Parkersburg.
Both the producers and the actors, who include famous WWE wrestlers, believe their efforts will encourage other movie makers to come to the Mountain State.
"West Virginia is a beautiful state," says actor/pro wrestler Shane Douglas, "The Franchise", "with incredible areas to shoot in. From the mountains to the ski resorts, it's an incredible state to shoot in."
Actors in the movie include some Parkersburg natives, and the producer, Cody Knotts went to Bethany College, as did Douglas.
They plan to shoot scenes around the valley.
Last year, the former Wood County Holding Center was looked at as a possible site for the Downtown Farmers Market. While it might still someday be a location for one...in the immediate future, it is about to become a movie shooting site.
The movie: "Pro Wrestlers Vs. Zombies", pretty much what the title says, is expected to star pro wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Pifer, a host of models, and two area residents.
"One of the leading roles is to be played by Andrew Clovis, from St. Marys, West Virginia," says Director Cody Knotts. "He is going to play Marcus, the wrestling promoter. And Drew Williams is playing the referee."
The former jail has been looked at as a site, as has Fort Boreman State Park. Knotts says filmmakers got the go-ahead from the county commission to shoot at those locations and others.
Marty Seufer, Wood County's administrator, says there are still some things that have to be worked out before shooting can begin. For one thing, the cost of utilities for buildings filmmakers plan to use. Nonetheless, Knotts says filming is to start on January 9th, and last to the 21st.
"We're still working on wardrobe issues, and we still have some one-line roles we're still casting. We need lots of extras from the area.
Knotts, who attended Bethany College in West Virginia, says the movie isn't intended to cast the state in a bad light. A release date hasn't been announced, but he plans to showcase it at upcoming film festivals.