Sunday 3 April 2011
Chicago continues to make a name for itself in big budget action flicks as it grabs a piece of the Superman reboot. While most of the principle photography is set for Vancouver, the huge action sequences will be shot here. The reason: access to military hardware. We apparently can get the cargo planes and attack helicopters necessary along with an aircraft carrier and fighter jets.
Chi Town has played host to several huge blockbusters of late, standing in for Gotham City in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. This summer will see destruction rain down on the Windy City in Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon. I am so excited. I had tons of fun watching them film both Dark Knight and Transformers 3.
All this would not have been possible if not for a hellagood tax incentive and a couple of Saturday Night Live castmates who asked Mayor Jane Byrne way back in 1980 if they could film in Chicago. She let them jump over the 95th Street bridge and whatever else they wanted for a little film called The Blues Brothers. The previous mayor, Richard J Daley (father of the outgoing) refused to let anything be filmed here. He didn't like movies with curse words and sex. He didn't like the idea of Chicago or the police department being portrayed in a bad light. Because the last time Chicago had been on camera was the 1968 Democratic Convention. Yeah, we didn't look so hot. There is an excellent book by Arnie Bernstein called Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago and the Movies which has a whole host interesting anecdotes.
The good news keeps rolling for Illinois as west suburban Plano is apparently going to stand in for Clark's hometown of Smallville. Oh yeah, August is going to be super cool around these parts.