TNT plans film set in Charlotte (but it will be filmed in Wilmington)

"Hornet's Nest," a crime novel by Patricia Cornwell and set in Charlotte , will be turned into a "TNT Mystery Movie Night" feature set to air in 2012.

So where will it be filmed?


That's show biz. Southeastern North Carolina's port city - 200 miles away - will double as Charlotte in the production, scheduled to be broadcast in the spring. Wilmington, with a successful film colony, is where the CW's "One Tree Hill" is produced and was the site for the pilot of "Hart of Dixie," also on the CW.

State tax incentives have drawn increasing numbers of productions in the last year, including the Showtime spy thriller "Homeland" - which is set in Washington, but filmed in the Charlotte area. "Homeland" has already been picked up for a second season by the pay cable network and will remain based in Charlotte.

"Hornet's Nest," a 1996 best-seller, is about a newspaper reporter named Andy Brazil assigned to cover a series of killings involving visiting businessmen. Robbie Amell ("Picture This") plays the reporter, who falls for the deputy chief of police, played by Sherry Stringfield ("ER").

TNT says other actors in the movie will include Virginia Madsen ("Sideways"), Michael Boatman ("The Good Wife") and Michael Silver ("ER").

Cornwell grew up in Montreat and after graduation from Davidson College in 1979, began writing for The Charlotte Observer, eventually covering the police beat. She later moved to Richmond, Va., where she worked for state medical examiner. Her experiences there inspired her series of popular mystery novels featuring coroner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.