WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The late filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis made famous films in Italy, Hollywood – and North Carolina.
The Wilmington Star News reports that De Laurentiis first came to the state in 1983 for an adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Firestarter.” He built a studio complex in Wilmington, which is now owned by EUE/Screen Gems.
Among the projects he made in North Carolina were the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “Raw Deal” and the critically lauded David Lynch film “Blue Velvet.”
He left the area after his production company went bankrupt in 1988 following too many commercial flops.
EUE/Screen Gems Vice President Bill Vasser says the crews De Laurentiis brought to the area remain today.
De Laurentiis died Wednesday night in Beverly Hills.