5 Netflix movies and shows filmed in New Jersey

Streaming giant, Netflix, has expressed its interest in buying Fort Monmouth Mega Parcel in New Jersey. This could once again position NJ as a hub for the film industry. Before the art of cinema moved to California, the center of filming was in Fort Lee. Now that Netflix’s attention has returned to the Garden State, it might be time to take a look at some Netflix movies and TV shows that were filmed (and are currently being filmed) in New Jersey.

1. The perfect find

This Netflix Original was shot in Hudson County and Essex County and will feature actress Gabrielle Union. Union will play a 40-year-old woman willing to risk everything for a lusty secret relationship. However, will this relationship end up destroying her career, bank account and more? Currently, the film is in post-production with no release date yet. However, based on the filming schedule, we can assume that the movie should be released on Netflix in the first half of 2022.

2. The Irishman

Released in the fall of 2019, the star-studded New Jersey Netflix film was filmed throughout New Jersey and New York. The Oscar-nominated film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. It follows a truck driver in the 1950s who quickly becomes embroiled in a Pennsylvania crime family. As he rises through the ranks to become a hitman, the truck driver soon begins working for Jimmy Hoffa, an American union leader with ties to organized crime. This is one of those New Jersey Netflix movies that you absolutely have to watch.

3. Army of the Dead

“Army of the Dead” was released on Netflix on May 21, 2021. It was able to attract 75 million viewers. Filming took place in Atlantic City, especially at the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel and Showboat Atlantic City. Although both locations were closed, since 2014 they were used primarily for indoor scenes and on-location filming. This Netflix film from New Jersey follows a group of mercenaries planning to rob a Las Vegas casino during a zombie apocalypse.

4. bruised

Halle Berry starred in and made her directorial debut in the film “Bruised. In the movie, Berry portrays a disgraced MMA fighter. Her character, Jackie Justice, feels like she’s failed in professional fighting, the one thing she’s really good at. Her life changed for good when her estranged six-year-old son showed up. Jackie Justice had abandoned him years ago. However, she must soon confront the demons she believed she had left buried in the past. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2020. Later in November 2021, the film was released exclusively in select theaters and on Netflix. “Bruised” was filmed extensively at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and Elite Heat Boxing Gym in Newark.

5. The Observer

Every state has its collection of urban legends. However, this stalking tale set in Westfield has caught the attention of Ryan Murphy, who is considering making it a limited series for Netflix. The story of ‘The Watcher’ went viral in 2018. Meanwhile, owners Derek and Maria Broaddus claimed someone was stalking them and sending them terrifying letters. These letters were always signed “The Watcher”. The letter writer wrote that generations of his family would watch the house, dating back to the 1920s. The Watcher even mentioned the couple’s children in numerous threatening notes. The family has fled the house and the new owners have yet to receive any letters. Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale will star as the couple in the limited series, which is slated for release in 2022.

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Alfonso E. Cramer