A Connecticut newspaper has revealed an upcoming action film will be shooting in the state next year. Valley Independent Sentinel is reporting that Antoine Fuqua's Prisoners will be filming in the Connecticut towns of Derby and Shelton. Here's an excerpt from the article.
Furthermore, Mayor Anthony Staffieri asked and received assurances from the producers that Derby and its residents won't be depicted in a negative light in the film, which is described as a thriller in the vein of Mystic River, the highly-acclaimed 2003 flick directed by Clint Eastwood.
Shooting starts in February in Derby and Shelton, according to Sheila O'Malley, the city's economic development director.
John Starke, the movie's executive director, sent a letter to Staffieri outlining the film's plot - and promising not to make Derby or Shelton look bad.
"I'm writing this letter not only to thank you for your and Mayor Lauretti's help so far, but also to assure you that in no way is your town, local police or residents of the town depicted in any negative way in the script," Starke wrote.
"I'm a lot more confident now that they have put it down in black and white," Staffieri said.
The article also states that locals were told that Hugh Jackman was attached to the film, although that wasn't confirmed at this time. It was also said that 750 extras will be needed for filming and a casting call has gone out for actors to play three reporters.