Sarah Doiron and Anita Pavone
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North County, RI (WPRI) – Well, it’s official: Rhode Island is now the home of “Good Burger.”
The Rhode Island Bureau of Film and Television announced Tuesday that Good Burger 2 will begin filming in the Ocean State on May 18.
The highly anticipated sequel to the 1997 Nickelodeon classic will be filmed at the former Friendly’s restaurant in North Providence, which has been vacant since it closed in 2019, along with other undisclosed locations.
“With our unique landscapes and talented local artists, Rhode Island is an ideal location for filmmakers,” said Governor Dan McKee. “Every time production starts here, we see a positive impact on our domestic business. This is the kind of energy that keeps our economy moving forward.”
The original Good Burger, starring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, was based on the fast food skit on the Nickelodeon comedy series All That.
Thompson and Mitchell reprise their roles as Dexter and Ed in the sequel, where the two meet at the current Good Burger restaurant.
“I can’t believe it’s been over 25 years since the great customer service at Good Burger was born,” said Thompson. “Being part of something that so many generations of people love has made me so proud and now to be back as it all started working on a sequel is surreal.”
In the sequel, Dexter finds himself down on his luck. Ed Dexter is happily getting his old job back at Good Burger, which now has a “new batch of comic staff,” according to the Rhode Island Film & Television Bureau.
The film was produced by Thompson & Mitchell. The sequel was penned by Kevin Koplow and Heath Seifert, who starred in the original Good Burger and All That series, as well as John Ryan Jr., the Rhode Island Film & Television Bureau said. , who founded a production company called Artists For Artists with Thompson.
Ryan Jr., also a Rhode Island native, said he and Thompson are excited “…to give the very impatient Good Burger fans the sequel they’ve been craving.”
The movie will eventually be released on the Paramount+ streaming service.
The Rhode Island Film & Television Bureau announced last week that Boston Casting is looking for approximately 150 actors and extras for the film.
This isn’t the first high-profile sequel to be filmed in Rhode Island in recent years. Hocus Pocus 2 dropped on Disney+ last fall after filming for over a year in the Ocean State.