Word is out that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is well into production around New York. Laura Kusisto of the Wall Street Journal has sussed out details of the production in her recent article which we link to below. Her story for the online edition of the Wall Street Journal includes shots like the above of exec producer Bennett Walsh (“Kill Bill” and the upcoming sci-fi epic “After Earth” via the M. Night Shyamalan/Will Smith team).
Gov. Cuomo’s office touted that the $100 million production will be shooting entirely in New York state, taking advantage of the 30-percent production tax credit. This makes the first time that this franchise has moved entirely to the state for production; it’s also the largest production to ever shoot here, according to the posted news. Most filming happens at Marcy Armory in Brooklyn, and Long Island’s Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios.
Upstate doesn’t get much of the largesse of the expected 3500 jobs to be created for the production. However chase sequences will be shot in Rochester and not New York City. The reason? Less restrictive speed laws. A selling point to find its way into tourism brochures no doubt.
If you’re interested in more details of the Spider-Man 2 shoot, Screencrush looks to be tracking this assiduously. CNN|Money has details on how small businesses are making money on the film’s production, including some $16,000 for Bagel Boss in Hicksville. Glamour checks out actresses Emma Stone and Shailene Woodley on the set.
I’m including the first few grafs of Laura Kusisto’s article, with the link to the full version here.
New York City is an essential character in the Spider-Man series, with looming skyscrapers providing the backdrop for aerial chase scenes, but versions of the movie have been primarily filmed in Los Angeles.
Until now. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which is expected to open in May 2014, is the first film about Gotham native Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, to be shot entirely in New York.
The film has a budget of more than $100 million. The production sprawls over about 300,000 square feet at four facilities in Long Island and Brooklyn.
“When you decide to place a film, you obviously have to start with the script. Because Peter Parker lives in New York, there was always a component of having to be in New York,” said Bennett Walsh, the film’s executive producer.
The film’s producers said, however, they were ultimately drawn from Los Angeles to New York by the maturing film-production industry here. Tax incentives offered by the state amount to 30% of the film’s production expenses, which includes ticket items such as makeup, plywood, trucks and lighting (but not actors’ salaries)…