All-female Ocean’s Eight filming in New York
New all-female crime caper Ocean’s Eight is filming on location in New York City with stars including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway.
The film is a spin-off from filmmaker Steven Soderbergh’s light-hearted Ocean’s Eleven series of films that famously brought together a largely male star cast headed by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon (pictured).
Ocean’s Eight relocates the action from Las Vegas to New York City and is scheduled to spend $60m locally. Soderbergh and Clooney are both producers on the new film, while Gary Ross directs and co-writes with Olivia Milch.
Brooklyn’s historic Marcy Armory is being used as a production base. The 165,000-square-foot brick building dates back to the late 19th century and has been used in recent years for several high-profile shoots including Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
“New York is the heart of the entertainment industry and continues to attract top-tier productions that create economic activity and opportunity,” said Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York.
“The production of this exciting, all-female feature film will create hundreds of jobs, generate millions of dollars in economic impact and further build the booming film industry in the Empire State.”
The female focus of Ocean’s Eight follows Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters movie, which introduced a female cast of leads to the beloved franchise. Production took place largely in Boston, doubling for New York.
New York City remains one of the top production hubs in North America partly because of its generous 30% base filming tax credit.
This month the city launches a pilot green filming initiative that encourages feature productions and TV shoots to take measures to save 60% of their waste from ending up in landfill sites.
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