If ACTRA’s quasi-strike isn’t enough of a blow to Canada’s dwindling film industry, another one recently hit that will also give American productions another reason not to shoot in Toronto. Which is great, because no one likes money — especially American money.
Word on the street is that TEDCO and Mayor David Miller recently mandated the imminent closure of the Pier 28 Cinespace Studios. The lot is 140,000 sq feet which is big enough to house four big budget features and is home to countless employees throughout the year.
Among the many great films that have shot at Cinespace Studios are Glitter, The Brady Bunch Goes to DC, New York Minute… wait, sorry, wrong list. Here we go, Boondock Saints, X-Men, Detroit Rock City, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, The SAW trilogy, Chicago and many, many more.
Toronto needs more studio space, not less. Some folks have started a petition to delay the February 21st closure of the studios, and for those of you that like name dropping; George Romero signed it.
He told us that if you signed it he’d let you be a zombie in his next movie. (That’s a lie, but it’s an awesome lie, so just go with it and sign the damn petition if you want.)
Thanks to Heather for the info and the Romero screen cap. Photo by Sandra Freyler from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.