Hollywood superstar Will Smith could be New Zealand bound, according to New Zealand's news and information website, Stuff, as rumors are flying in the small King Country town of Ohura that scenes for the movie Bad Boys III, starring Smith and Martin Lawrence, are set to be filmed there.
Bonny Johnson, who runs the backpackers and Jailhouse Cafe at the former prison, informed the site that the Auckland owners of the old jail have been in talks for about four months with the film's producers about shooting there.
The 97-bed prison was closed in 2003 after 31 years operating as a minimum security correction facility.
The old prison is attractive to movie producers because it was tucked away from public view, she said. "They are not sure when it is going to happen. They are saying they will use it, 'but we will use it when we want to use it'," she said.