(Sep 4, 2007)
Hamilton has Hulk-a-mania.
The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton, is filming in Dundas tomorrow and Thursday, and Eric Bana, who starred in Hulk four years ago, is expected to shoot scenes for The Time Traveler's Wife in Hamilton in a few weeks. Those films are the two big productions heading a busy late-summer rush of movies filming in the area.
"It was really slow at the start of the season because of the ACTRA strike, but it's busy now," said Jacqueline Norton, of the Hamilton Film Liaison Office.
The Incredible Hulk will be at the DeLuxe Restaurant on King Street West, where Robin Williams shot Man of the Year two years ago. Hulk filming will be from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., and the production will be simulating rain for exterior scenes.
In the $125-million movie, scientist Bruce Banner tries to find a cure for the condition that turns him into the Hulk.
The cast includes William Hurt as an army general hunting Banner and who is also the father of Banner's girlfriend, played by Liv Tyler. Tim Roth rounds out the cast.
The Incredible Hulk will also be filming at the old Royal Connaught Hotel.
The Eric Bana movie is being co- produced by Brad Pitt and costars London native Rachel McAdams. It's based on the book The Time Traveler's Wife, about a librarian who can time travel, and the effect that it has on his marriage.
While The Incredible Hulk was setting up in Dundas on the weekend, a made-for-TV movie, The Good Witch, starring Catherine Bell of TV's JAG, was wrapping up.
Other scheduled productions include:
* Zone of Separation, about the conflict in Bosnia and starring Irish actor Colm Meany, filmed on Quigley Road and at the Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts, on Sherman Avenue North
* Flash of Genius, with Greg Kinnear and Dermot Mulroney, about a man who takes on the auto industry after being accused of stealing the idea of the intermittent windshield wiper, will shoot at Hamilton City Hall this week.
* Static, a thriller, will film in the Gage Avenue and Burlington Street area.
* Traitor, with Guy Pearce and Don Cheadle, about terrorists and the CIA, will shoot at the City Motor Hotel and the Capri Restaurant in a few weeks.
* When You Listen, a Canadian TV movie, wraps up another instalment in the Murdoch Mystery series, Daniel's Daughter. It will be shot downtown.
* Re-Genesis, the Canadian pay-TV science series is filming a new season.