Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lights, Cameras ... Belmont: Major Movie Coming to the Center

"The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duval propose to use the former Municipal Light Building for two days in July. 

It may be the long-closed Municipal Light Department building to Belmont residents – although each month someone attempts to pay their electric bill there – but to a Hollywood movie team, the town-owned structure will be a prime location to shot a big-time film come this July.

Those are the proposed plans from the production company filming "The Judge," a 2014 release starring Robert Downey Jr. (who is also producing) and Robert Duval after the town received a "letter of intent" to film for two days in July, according to Kevin Looney, the town's Building Services manager.

Part of the agreement is for daytime filming as well as finding space for 30 trailers and trucks required by the crew and cast.

It will now be up to the Belmont Board of Selectmen whether to approve the letter and the rental agreement with the producers, said Looney.

According to Looney, the producers will be doing extensive interior work in preparation to filming which will require a building permit from the town's Office of Community Development.

"They said they would put the building's interior back to its original condition but I told them not to bother," said Looney of the bare-boned inside.

Once any agreement is approved, the Town Administrator's office will inform and coordinate with other town departments, such as police and public works, to assist in the filming.

Belmont's former Municipal Light Building, adjacent to the Police Station and across from Belmont's Town Hall, will become a court house in the film.

If there is a fly in the ointment for the town, it's the MBTA commuter rail line that runs next to the building.

"They told me that it's usually a death sentence when production managers see tracks," said Looney. "But they appeared ready to deal with that."
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"The Judge" is a co-production of Team Downey – the first film for the company created by Downey and his wife Susan, a well-known film producer ("Gothika" and the "Sherlock Holmes" series) – and the film's director David Dobkin’s Big Kid Pictures.
According to imdb.com, the film's story line concerns a successful lawyer (Downey) who returning to his hometown for his mother's funeral discovers that his estranged father, the town's judge (Duval), is suspected of murder.
The "comedy-drama" also stars Vera Farmiga (Clooney's love interest in "Up in the Air" as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon’s lover in "The Departed"), as well as Vincent D'Onofrio (of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" fame who'll play Downey's brother) and "Sling Blade"'s Billy Bob Thornton.
Rumors had Jack Nicholson in the judge's role but he back out.

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By Franklin Tucker



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1 comment:

Regina Caschetto said...

Great for Belmont.
Regina

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