Tennessee Prison Features in "Walk the Line" May Get Upgrade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The imposing century-old Tennessee State Penitentiary is easily the state's most requested film location, serving as a back drop for "Walk the Line" and "The Green Mile" among others.

But movie companies recently have rejected the site because its shuttered buildings are falling apart.

The Department of Correction is proposing a complete rehab. However, that includes turning the buildings into modern office spaces for the agency, something that could make it less likely to attract Hollywood filmmakers.

Correction Commissioner George Little revealed plans to rehabilitate the prison to lawmakers at last week's meeting of the Select Oversight Committee on Corrections. An architect's renderings of the possible transformation includes the addition of exterior glass stairwells and the conversion of old cellblocks into an atrium with offices.

Little says the department is taking into consideration the site's importance as a popular film setting.

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