There’s nothing quite like an urban (or in the case of Louisiana, rural) legend to spice up a visit to the set of a film.
Strapped into a van headed to the Louisiana plantation where Beautiful Creatures is shooting, our driver insists there’s another antebellum location on the outskirts of Baton Rouge that people visit in order to experience odd visions, creepy sounds, and even a ghost or two. Meanwhile, Richard LaGravenese’s adaptation of the best-selling novel by Kami Garciaand Margaret Stohl promises a different sort of supernatural phenomena – witchcraft – albeit the sort that’s enhanced by movie magic.
LaGravenese is best known as the screenwriter of such films as The Fisher King and The Bridges of Madison County, but he made his directorial debut with the 1998 film Living Out Loud, and has since carved a niche for himself as a reliable purveyor of sensitive, women-centered stories. Although it’s yet unclear if the filmmaker will shift the source material’s focus to its female protagonist, Duchaness, LaGravenese has enlisted a talented ensemble to bring the story to life, which focuses on the burgeoning relationship between the mysterious Lena Duchaness, who is a newcomer to the fictional Southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina, and a restless local teenager named Ethan Wate.