Calling All Film Junkies: Movies Filming in Boston During Summer 2015

Posted March 31, 2015 by Jon Erik Christianson in Downtown Boston
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Though I consider myself a bit of a renaissance media geek, I have to admit that film is not ordinarily my forte. Books, television shows, and comics, by virtue of their size, often offer more depth. Films, because they’re shorter overall, really have to be stand out in order to catch my attention. Fortunately, Boston is set to be the backdrop to a great many incredible-looking films, including to my most highly anticipated film of 2016: Ghostbusters.

The fan favorite sci-fi fantasy franchise’s latest installment, which arrives over thirty years after the original, is set to film this summer in Boston. Paul Feig, the director behind hit films Bridesmaids and The Heat, has assembled an all-star cast for the film. Acclaimed actors and comedians Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones star in the Sony film about four plucky poltergeist pursuers.

McCarthy has worked closely with Feig, as she starred in both Bridesmaids and The Heat, and is also starring in his upcoming film Spy. Wiig, the leading actress in Bridesmaids, launched her career at Saturday Night Live—the show both McKinnon and Jones currently call home.

Savvy Boston residents and film-spotters should keep an eye out starting on June 15th, the tentative filming start date for the highly discussed movie. Little is known about the film, which has caused much commotion for being an all-female reboot of the ordinarily all-male franchise. Rumors seem to indicate that Sony’s planning to expand the Ghostbusters franchise aggressively in subsequent years. Boston’s looking to be home of what’s looking to be the next hit film property.

Given the wide scale of stunts inherent to sci-fi films like Ghostbusters, Boston residents should have little trouble catching the wacky antics of McCarthy, Wiig, McKinnon, and Jones out in public.

Other high-profile films hitting Boston this spring and summer include Central Intelligence and November Criminals.

Central Intelligence is an action buddy comedy starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; Johnson’s character gets Hart’s character, an accountant, involved in a CIA investigation. Filming is set to start sometime in May, and pre-production work has already begun.

November Criminals is the eponymous film adaptation of the novel by Sam Munson. Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz as high school students during their tumultuous senior year. This marks a relatively recent return to Boston for Moretz, as she finished filming action-thriller The Equalizer alongside Denzel Washington here back in 2013.

Want to start exploring for film sets and celebrities even sooner? Two other films, Joy and Manchester-by-the-Sea, are filming in Boston right now.

Joy is a biographical comedy-drama film starring Jennifer Lawrence as American inventor and Home Shopping Network mogul Joy Mangano. Other high-profile members of the cast include Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, both of whom starred with Lawrence in the award-winning Silver Linings Playbook.

Massachusetts native and actor Matt Damon is producing Manchester-by-the-Sea, an independent dramatic film about a plumber who returns home after the death of his brother and is brought into the guardianship of his nephew. Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams star in the film, respectively, as the plumber and his estranged wife.

Unfortunately, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker seeks to bring an end to the state’s film tax credit, which may deter future movie studios from filming in Boston. Such a proposal, if it were to go through, would not affect any projects filming this spring or summer. Regardless, movie buffs should get out there and catch glimpses of these high-profile and exciting projects while they still can.