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May 15th
10:27 am
Death and Life not filming in Massachusetts?  
Previously it had been reported in the Boston Herald that The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud would be filming in Marblehead, Massachusetts where the novel was set:

Come July Zac Efron will be in Marblehead if the stars align, making his first movie since bowing out of Paramount Pictures’ “Footloose” remake. The 21-year-old phenom whose “17 Again” opens naturally enough on the 17th surprised the industry by bailing on the Efron-centric “Footloose,” a musical which had been tailored primarily as his showcase. He wanted to do “something different,” he told me this past Sunday at L.A.’s Four Seasons hotel. Burr Steers, his “17 Again” helmer, will again direct Efron in an adaptation of the novel “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.” “It takes place in Marblehead and we hope to film there this July,” Steers, who is a nephew of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and a former actor, told me of the story about a young man traumatized by a death. “Is it like Timothy Hutton in ‘Ordinary People’?” I asked. “A bit,” he said, adding “There are ghosts and it is a demanding role, perfect for Zac.”

However, now The Daily Item paper out of Lynn, Massachusetts is reporting that Universal has opted to film in Vancouver, BC.

Zac Efron, heartthrob star of "High School Musical" 1, 2 and 3 and "17 Again," won't be coming to Marblehead anytime soon.

Ephron [sic] has been mentioned for the lead role in the movie version of Ben Sherwood's novel "The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud," which takes place in Marblehead.

Charlie is the caretaker at Waterside Cemetery, haunted by the ghost of his younger brother as he tries desperately to save the life of his sailor girlfriend. The book, Sherwood's second novel, has been praised for tackling themes of death, love and forgiveness and rumors have been flying about the filming all winter.

Selectman William Woodfin broke the sad news Wednesday.

"They're not coming to Marblehead to make the film," he said. Referring to a lot of discussion in Hollywood about the artistic integrity of the project and the current state of the economy, Woodfin said the final decision was to film in Vancouver. Vancouver is on the Pacific Coast in British Columbia, about as far from Marblehead as the filmmakers can get.

"Universal Pictures looked at the bottom line and said it's not going to happen," Woodfin summed up. "Vancouver is not going to look like Marblehead."

"Given the state of the economy Universal should have stayed here," said Selectman Judy Jacobi.

Town Administrator Tony Sasso credited Woodfin with a Herculean telephone effort on behalf of Marblehead as a film location. In fact, when asked Thursday who was going to star in the film Sasso said, "Bill Woodfin."


I'm not at all surprised. Vancouver is a lot cheaper (by far I'm sure), has a much more established film industry and is probably easier to access. The downside to access is, of course, the privacy Zac would have gained in Marblehead will be completely lacking in Vancouver.

If they are filming in the summer it won't be too rainy. There are a few places slightly north of Vancouver that might work well enough as Marblehead, though on the whole I don't think there is any real substitute for Marblehead with its many colonial structures. In fact, I wonder if they'll just change the story to be set around Seattle or something. It would eliminate the need for an accent, sailing is popular there too, and the Mariners work just as well as a baseball team as the Red Sox (though with admittedly less history).

Ahh, well, wait and see, as usual.

ETA: I've been meaning to mention also that the project is currently listed on imdb here under Untitled Burr Steers Project.
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Shruti: That Is Super Inappropriatecalcified on May 15th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
That actually makes me sad because I loved the idea of keeping it super authentic but alas. $$$$.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 15th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
It is a tough call in terms of authenticity.

Again I wonder if they'll keep the setting Marblehead because nothing in the plot makes it imperative that it be that town specifically. It is just a lovely place to set it with a lot of history and unique buildings.

The only thing in the plot that would make it challenging is finding a place that would have a gigantic storm. If they were thinking of changing the setting to Seattle, storms like that don't really happen on Puget Sound, lol. Maybe the California coast... but then it would just film in California.

I kind of want to twitter at Ben Sherwood and ask him if he knows if they are keeping the setting in Marblehead.

IDK, it is hard to guess how much of it they might put on a soundstage. And then maybe just send a second unit out to get panoramics or something. I mean, there are no colonial-style structures in Vancouver so they'd have to do some filming in Massachusetts or build a lot of façades.

I'm just rambling at this point, lol. w/e.

btw, although we are missing the cubicles, did you watch the office finale?
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antisocialxgrlantisocialxgrl on May 15th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
NO NO NO NO NO

PLEASE STAY AND FILM IN BOSTON! I won't stalk you too much...
It's Audrey not Aubrey: 80's toysaudrey_za on May 15th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
'Ephron'
With a 'ph'? Stop your reindeer games, Daily Item.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 15th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
They can create a lot of things with computers nowadays.

hahaha.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 15th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
no comment?
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bettybaby63bettybaby63 on May 15th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
kinda sucks they wont be filming in marblehead, and it doesn't even seem like they considered it.....money talks......

and please let this film be a 2010 release!!!!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 15th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they really did consider Massachusetts... but though the state has made large strides recently in expanding their film industry, Massachusetts is still way far behind the major sites like Vancouver in terms of making filming accessible, easy, and affordable.

There is an interesting article about it here. Those numbers they quote for 2008 filming are huge compared to even just a few years ago, when only just the occasional big film would go to Massachusetts.

As they said in the article, it isn't just about the tax breaks. The lack of sound stages is a huge problem. And the lack of an established, experienced film crew is definitely challenging.
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 15th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
I should go visit my aunt in BC this summer. ;)


Ashley in the Sky with Diamondschicken_queen on May 16th, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
Let's all go visit your aunt!!
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Beejeezbee on May 15th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
It's a pity that they won't film in Marblehead but it is understandable from a studio POV. And from Zac's POV it's good too - if the budget can be lower, the BO pressure is a bit smaller as well. There are most likely tax benefits Massachusetts can't offer but even more importantly the personell costs will be significantly lower and I'm sure they have plenty of soundstages there too.

But yeah, his privacy will be reduced (not as bad as LA but with Twilight filming there, a small papparazzi scene seems to have emerged). The really bad thing about Vancouver is that Lainey (from Lainey Gossip) is located there and will fabricate crap every single day. I'm really "looking forward" to that. :(

I also agree that the movie doesn't necessarily have to be set in Marblehead as you've said in a comment above. I don't think the book is so well known that people would complain. The same thing goes to the appearance of the characters imo - I don't think that anyone would have an issue when the characters look different than described in the book (well, Zac isn't 6'3" and 28 to start with, so they are tampering with his character for sure and I don't expect Tink (and even Joe) will exaclty look like the characters in the book either).

Btw, here is some speculation: Ben Sherwood twittered today that he's on a 24-hour trip to Monterey, CA. Interestingly if you go to the homepage of Monterey you'll notice that it is a coastal town 115 miles south of San Francisco with a huge sailing community. Is it possible that they will film the majority of the movie in Vancouver (ie all cementery scenes, interior scenes etc) and perhaps film the few sailing and outside scenes there? Ben Sherwood didn't say why he goes there but it almost seems a bit much of a coincidence. I think it's at least worth a thought.
Shruticalcified on May 15th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
UGH BEE. I forgot that but:

I
hate
Lainey
so
fucking
much

SERIOUSLY SHE SUCKS.
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 15th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of her.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 15th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
can i just say its really sad that the presence of paparazzi is a factor in deciding where a movie should be filmed. It takes away so much of the artistry behind telling a story and staying true to the material.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 15th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
why does everyone run when i come back?
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 15th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
I wrote to Rolfe Kent about the possibility of 17 Again's score being released; and he wrote back,

Yes there is that rumour, and I hope it comes true. It may also be that the CD is included in the DVD package.


*crosses fingers* !
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 15th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Nice.
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 16th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
its funny to me the "controvery" about 17 Again's abstinence message.

I thought from all the laughter in the audience that it was pretty clear Mike was saying this so that his daughter wouldnt have sex, that night. It was an immediate reaction any father would make. Seeing a box of condoms being passed around is not comforting; he's not going to nod in agreemnet, "well at least there using protection". No. Her boyfriend is a bastard, and he doesn't want them to go that far. He says its best to wait... is it a tad hypocritical yes... but did fatherhood change him, yes.

I can't believe people would take it SO out of context.

bettybaby63bettybaby63 on May 16th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
direct from the idiots who want to bash just for the sake of it, and their dislike for zac......

people like that will never be swayed toward the light LOL
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 16th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)


Zac just appeared LIVE on the chat show "King's Brunch".

He was asked, what do you wear when you go to sleep?...

Z: "Only boxers." ;) hehehehe
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on May 16th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
uuuggggghhhh. now there's an image i like LOL
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 16th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
do we know if v is joining zac in japan? -__-
zettaiyo: madrid photocallzettaiyo on May 16th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Why, because she left from LAX today, had a big suitcase and left from I think Terminal 4 which is American Airlines, which is what Zac took to Japan? lol ...just reading into her leaving earlier today too much...lol
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 16th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
In The New Issue Of EW
I just scanned:





hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 16th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Re: In The New Issue Of EW
lol, for some reason that ripped picture makes me very sad. and, despite my love of hsm, i hate disney on general principal, so i should be glad.

but i just imagine mickey crying over zefron somewhere in the disney castle dungeon. and it makes me sad. i am a dork. hahahaha.

thanks for scanning. i'd read the first part somewhere but not the whole thing.
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