Vancouver Weekly Wrapup: 2/8/17


♦ Vancouver ties with NYC for best cities for filmmakers to live and work in. The list, published on January 20 by Moviemaker, ranks the top 15 North American cities for filmmaking in 2017. The publication cites the B.C. film tax credit as the main draw. B.C. production services tax credits are at 28 percent (with a possible additional 6 percent, depending on the region). There’s also a 16 percent digital animation or visual effects credit… READ MORE

♦ Lost in Space Netflix series adaptation begins shooting in Vancouver. Cast Canada-wide by Vancouver’s Michelle Allen. – This week, the Netflix adaptation of the popular 1960s TV series Lost In Space starts filming in Vancouver and British Columbia. After being in the works for several years, the new 10-episode Netflix adaptation of the classic Lost In Space TV series officially starts production in the Vancouver area this week. The original series, created by Irwin Allen, aired from 1965 to 1968. The new take will reportedly stay pretty true to its roots… READ MORE

The reboot is scheduled for a Netflix release in May 2018

♦ Timeline: The B.C. film industry shoots to the forefront – Since its first steps in the 1970s, the B.C. film industry has grown so much that it stands alongside traditional resource sectors like forestry and mining when it comes to economic benefits. In January 2015, when Postmedia closed its Kennedy Heights printing plant in Surrey, which produced the Vancouver Sun and The Province, the cost-cutting measure was a blatant sign of the troubles facing the newspaper industry. Enter Skydance Media, the producer of Star Trek and Mission: Impossible, which moved into the 220,000-square-foot facility and opened Skydance Studios this past September… READ MORE

♦ Award-winning film “Hello Destroyer” puts spotlight on Prince George, BC – The makers of the award-winning film Hello Destroyer say the city in which it is set — Prince George, British Columbia — played no small part in the movie’s success. “There wasn’t really any other place like Prince George, to be honest,” said director Kevan Funk. “There’s something about that big landscape up north that isn’t populated with a lot of people.” The creators of ‘Hello Destroyer’ say the Prince George landscape has a very specific Canadian quality they wanted to capture in the film. The movie itself tells the story of a junior hockey player on the fictional Prince George Warriors who finds himself increasingly ostracized by his community after a violent incident on the ice… READ MORE

Jacob Tremblay

♦ Vancouver actor Jacob Tremblay cast in The Predator: Vancouver actor Jacob Tremblay has joined the cast of The Predator, director Shane Black’s sequel to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the pint-sized Hollywood heavyweight, who shot to fame last year with his award-winning performance in the Oscar-nominated Room, joins an impressive ensemble that also includes Olivia Munn (Magic Mike), Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Logan), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) and Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele)… READ MORE

-Researched and submitted by Meagan Hotz


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