Monday, February 20, 2006

"Dallas" movie filming in ... Florida?

The buzz about a new movie based on the TV show "Dallas" has been around for a few years, as speculation has raised names such as John Travolta in regards to the project, though the project has yet to happen. The most recent news is that the movie might begin filming this summer, but it, ironically, won't be filmed in the famous town of its name. The Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas, reports that Florida, Louisiana and even Canada are being considered for shooting the antics of a modernly recast J.R. and the rest of the Ewing clan.

"The studio (20th Century Fox) has been asking us to consider a number of states," the Star-Telegram quotes Michael Costigan as saying. Costigan is producing the film, along with David Jacobs, the original show's creator. "Honestly, Dallas was never high on the list, because it didn't seem like a feasible, economic place to do the movie."

Politics, politics. Evidently the City of Dallas doesn't quite have the incentive of other popular filming sites such as Vancouver, British Columbia, or Toronto. The film's shooting could bring an estimated $30 million to the economy of the hosting city.

The movie, which has been kicking around officially since 2002, will film from a screenplay by playwright Robert Harling and Sacha Gervasi; Robert Luketic is attached to direct. A green light for the film, as well as final casting details, is expected in the next few weeks.

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