CHATHAM COUNTY, N.C. – Local award winning filmmakers are producing a new disaster genre film in the Triangle. It is called "The Carrington Event" which is based on a solar flare that struck the earth in 1859.
The movie features local actors and actresses. Creators say the film has been in the works for a couple of years and pre-production started a few months ago.
They are hoping to get networks to look at it and eventually make it into a series or movie. For the crew, coming up with the idea was simple.
“What's cool about the solar flare is that it is something that actually happens," said filmmaker Robert Underhill. "It is more likely to happen than things like a supervolcano or an asteroid hitting the earth. All of these things we have already imagined or seen in a movies. Well this can actually happen and it is more deadly than things like a virus."
During the movie shoot, Highway 751 in Chatham County will be closed just north of Highway 64 through late Saturday night.
Detour signs will be in place.