Production for new movie under way in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Production is now under way on “The Ultimate Life,” a drama being filmed in Winston-Salem, and parts of Guilford, Rockingham and Rowan Counties.

Rick Eldridge, the movie's producer, says it's a sequel to “The Ultimate Gift,” a 2006 film based on the book of the same name by Jim Stovall. “Life” combines elements from two other books by Stovall.

Director Michael Landon Junior chose Winston-Salem and the surrounding area as a filming location for the third time.

"We're just happy to be here. It's been a really good welcoming community to be a part of and Winston-Salem is such a beautiful arts community anyway, so it's great to be here and be a part of it," said Eldridge.

"The Ultimate Life" stars Logan Bartholomew as a young man who has inherited his grandfather’s fortune and faces a challenge from his family.

The cast also includes Lee Meriwether and Bill Cobbs, who are reprising the roles they played in the original film, and Peter Fonda.

Crews filmed inside the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, and plan to move to Clemmons and other parts of Forsyth County later this week.

Production is planned to run through March 20, with an eye toward a September theatrical release and a home video release for the holidays.