Movies Filming in Boston This Winter

Posted December 30, 2013 by Loretta Donelan in Theater & Arts
John Travolta has been seen in Boston filming The Forger.

Recently, I found my journey through Downtown Crossing disrupted by a barricade and a large crowd of people. I asked an onlooker what the crowd was for.

“It’s a John Travolta movie.”

It turns out that John Travolta’s The Forger is one of the many movies shooting in Boston. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the disruption. Sure, it was fun to look at the craft services table and think, John Travolta had one of those muffins. But the film crew forced me to take a time-wasting shortcut through The Corner Mall to continue my straight line down Washington Street, and I was a little frustrated.

Not to be confused with the 2012 Josh Hutcherson and Lauren Bacall art forgery flick of 2012, this The Forger is still filming in Boston. According to, Travolta and his crew were spotted filming at the MFA in October. The crime drama centers around a father (Travolta), who gets out of prison to spend time and commit crime with his son, played by Tye Sheridan, the precocious star of Mud and The Tree of Life. The film is set to be released in 2014.

It appears that my fellow cranky Bostonians’ journeys will continue to be disrupted by movies shooting in Boston in the upcoming year. One of the most high-profile franchises of the moment, The Hunger Games, may be filming here. Though the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay was rumored to begin filming in the city in September, production is supposed to continue until May. Considering that the film is primarily set in the underground District 13 and the war-torn rest of Panem, I’m not sure that this location choice would be a compliment. However, it would be fun to see Jennifer Lawrence back in Boston after the success American Hustle. 

Vince Vaughn in Business Trip

Vince Vaughn has been shooting The Business Trip In Boston. Photo Credit: David Shankbone

Another film that has lingered in Boston is Business Trip. The plot of the road trip film is still fairly mysterious, but it has an all-star cast including Vince Vaughn, Sienna Miller, and James Franco’s younger brother Dave. It has recently filmed scenes on the waterfront in the North End, and it will continue to film into 2014.

One movie that seems like it could be filming soon in Boston is Boston Strong, a film about the marathon bombings. Like many other Bostonians, I’m don’t think this movie is in good taste. While it is being penned by the skilled writers of 2010’s acclaimed The Fighter, it seems that a dramatization in the wake of the tragedy (it’s set to be released in 2014) will be little more than sensationalism. I think a documentary about the Boston Strong movement would be more appropriate. We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the film.

For now, I’m excited for The Forger to come out. I know I’ll get a thrill out of seeing John Travolta on my stomping grounds, even if he was in my way.



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