Well hell, near’on two years ago this Blogette followed the first tips announcing that TWO huge Westerns would ride in NM – one of which never made it into the saddle. “A Million Ways to Die in the West”, did weather its wild shoot in the Land of Enchantment, but Adam Sandler’s, “Ridiculous Six”, headed into the sunset before the magical light of a New Mexico day fell upon it.
Now, it’s BACK ON!
Sources attached to the production confirm exclusively to OHI, its current New Mexico (re)connection. The project, as formerly dropped by both Sony and Paramount, is likely headed to NM as part of the widely reported Sandler/Netflix, four picture deal!
Soooo…without the usual 3 tier “likelihood” of semi-confirmation that OHI usually employs as definitive speculation that something “might be happening” in New Mexico, it seems that some major ventures in guessing will be necessary to nab what may eventually become a major scoop…
In what might sound like, “movie sequels that have already been made” news, it appears that the recently greenlit, “INDEPENDENCE DAY 2”, with or without Will Smith, WILL HEAD to NM in the coming months.
OHI readers may recall that Will Smith and his son, Jaden, made an “After Earth” visit out New Mexico way back in the Spring of ’13. Well, now we wait for more by way of the first casting call and/or some more substantiation from support services or others in the know, on whether or not ID2 is indeed destined to be in our southwestern midst.
We shan’t have to wait long as the skinny on the release date deems for an expedient start, so as to align with the 20th anniversary (yup, it’s been near on TWENTY YEARS) of the release of the original…
UPDATE 11/29/14: EG Casting is NOW seeking background talent for “HOUSE OF CARDS”, filming in Las Vegas, Espanola and Santa Fe, New Mexico in mid-December. They are currently seeking Hispanic Women age range from 20 to 60. Must be able to speak Spanish.
They will ALSO need background men and women with cars for additional scenes. Sorry, NO red, black or white cars can be considered due to filming requirements.
New Mexico Residents ONLY
To be considered, email a photo, height, weight, phone number, make, model and color of car to email@example.com. Title your email, “HOC Background” AND applicable description, e.g. “Spanish Woman”, “(Ethnicity) Man” or “(Ethnicity) Woman”, AND “Car Make/Model/Color”.
Subject: HOC Background, Hispanic Woman, Black Honda Civic
Attach clear, current photo of yourself (and also a photo of your car, if possible)
Yes. Corroboration of some rumblings picked up by a little OHI sleuthing, in the form of some insider info, confirms that a “House of Cards” episode is set to shoot in the New Mexico state capital.
According to tipsters, the third season finale of the Netflix original series will film within just a matter of weeks. Set in Washington D.C., no word on how in the world a Santa Fe backdrop will or will not play into the political drama’s storyline; which has thus far filmed at the offices of The Baltimore Sun, Havre de Grace, Maryland and Aberdeen, Maryland, with exterior scenes of Washington D.C. filmed at the National Mall including road closures at Avenues Pennsylvania and Constitution.
Bankside boards John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone” is headed to NM
Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena are set to star in War on Everyone for writer/director John Michael McDonagh (Calvary). The story centers on two corrupt cops in New Mexico who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate an outlaw who is more dangerous than they are. The film will shoot in New Mexico in March 2015.
UPDATE 11/19/14: CONFIRMED! As we told you FIRST, Variety now confirms that NETFLIX will indeed carry 10 episodes, comprising the fourth, full season of #LONGMIRE!!!!
Netflix Picks Up ‘Longmire’ for Season 4 – Variety
Latest word is that production will resume in New Mexico next spring!
The #LongmirePosse has been anxiously waiting for the popular New Mexico made series to find a new network home. Weeks ago insiders were hinting to OHI that a Netflix production would be headed to NM for a full season shoot. And while a filming incentive dust-up in Maryland put the popular Netflix series, “House of Cards” in contention for a visit, the more-sensical, already New Mexico outfitted production shakes out to be the pending series shoot.
A cross check with additional OHI sources quietly screams that it is the beloved A&E ousted series which should be all but set to soon saddle-up in its old stomping grounds and resume filming in New Mexico for a long awaited season four!
It looks like everyone’s favorite girl-next-door is slated to shoot the New Mexico way. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, “The Big Bang Theory” star, is attached to the upcoming Matthew McDuffie (Odd Girl Out, A Cool, Dry Place) film, “Burning Bodhi”.
The coming of age story written and directed by McDuffie follows Dylan – a young man, who stunned to learn via social media that one of his best friends from high school has suddenly died heads back to his hometown in New Mexico, where he’s confronted by a complex grid of issues and regrets, past and present, involving his troublesome parents and heartbroken first love.
Take a peek at the Director’s Look Book below:
The film is also said to star Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) and Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove).
Shooting is scheduled to take place in New Mexico next month.
UPDATE 6/12/14: Filming is scheduled to begin, in New Mexico this August!
Writer-director, Matt Ross has tapped a star for “Captain Fantastic”. In fact, much ado has been made of actor Viggo Mortensen taking up the lead in the upcoming film, here, here and here.
Now OHI can exclusively report that the off-the-grid drama will follow in the footsteps of another technology driven thriller which filmed right here in NM.
Like Wally Phister’s New Mexico film, “Transcendence”, “Captain Fantastic” looks like it will explore the intimacies and complications between humans and technology. Both films also share the distinction of being led by a film franchise star. Where Transcendence had Depp (Pirate’s of the Caribbean), Fantastic has The Lord of the Rings’ Aragorn – this time out as a father who will attempt to assimilate back into today’s technological world, after ten years living a disconnected mountain life with his six children.
New Mexico will share filming of Captain Fantastic with Washington State, as the mountains from which we’ll see Mortensen emerge from are those of the Pacific Northwest…
Matt Ross on Mortensen joining the film, to Deadline:
“Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he’s in is a film I want to see. He’s one of the greats. Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that’s happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her.”
Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine) will produce.
1/2/2014: Vince Gilligan Talks ‘Breaking Bad’ Regret, Hints at Mike’s Return in ‘Better Call Saul’ – SlashFilm
As we’ve been following for you here, here and here, the project set to bring to light just how Saul became Saul will make its home in Breaking Bad’s backyard, now according to show creator Vince Gilligan:
“Why not shoot Saul in the same way? Let’s shoot it in Albuquerque; let’s get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let’s do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating.” -Gilligan to The Hollywood Reporter
Now that the gods have spoken, Albuquerque can officially look forwarded to playing host to one of its most beloved home sprung characters to date, now as a leading man. And no doubt we’ll get to see some old friends again.
Pre Walter White, pre billboards and bus benches, Saul Goodman was a wee McGill, and hopefully the television watching world is just dying to know how he came to be the guy who knows a guy, “who knows a guy…”
The many open ended backstory possibilities for everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer are set to be showcased in the new AMC show dubbed “Better Call Saul”. All summer long Bad fans had been watching and waiting for word from show creator Vince Gillagan and AMC Television for the verdict on the prospective spin-off.
That word came last month, as Baddies were bracing to say goodbye to the series that spawned the Peter Gould created character. Recent reports from the top point to a dark toned series replete with that twisted Saul Goodman humor and wit.
Many of us New Mexicans have been on the edge of our seat, waiting and wondering when the thumbs up, or down would finally pop-out, indicating whether or not the production would take root here where Breaking Bad called home.
At this time our magic eightball says – this! As our sources in the area hear production negotiations with Bad’s NM Studio are well underway!
Of course we could be wrong, our Star Wars reports have come under fire, but then again so did our Avengers and Lone Ranger suppositions…
What we do know for sure it that things are really hopping down at the largest studios in the city. Before you know it everyone from A to N BC will be airing a New Mexico production!
Matthew Broderick’s latest project, “Dirty Weekend” is dubbed a drama but with a lead character named Les Moore, set to star alongside jaw dropping beauty Alice Eve as Natalie Hamilton, it reads more like a comedy at this point.
Broderick’s real life leading lady has graced the state of New Mexico with her turn as Meryl Morgan in the 2009 comedy, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” Now there are rumblings that “Dirty Weekend” may too be headed to NM.
The Greenbelt Pictures film is currently in pre-production, scheduled to begin filming sometime in October. James Jackson Leach is Executive Producer of the Neil LaBute written and directed movie.
UPDATE 1/13/14: Stay tuned here for extras casting info. on this project, set to begin production in New Mexico in February.
A world at war, faceless dangers half the globe away, and threats of universal dominance by an alliance of untold magnitude, are what teams of top physicists, mathematicians, and engineers faced in defending allies from tyrannical rule in the 1940s.
As we told you here WGN America is taking that tumultuous time in real world history and scripting it into a new drama series. Now HOT off the wire this week is the news that the 13 series order will go forward with production right here in New Mexico in the upcoming winter months, as expected.
Created by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), “Manhattan” is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission of the same name to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The storyline follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
Shaw will write and executive produce with David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. Emmy-winning director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing) will direct and executive produce the production.
“Sam and Tommy’s (Schlamme) passion for the world of Los Alamos, the Manhattan Project, and the characters who populate it came through from the moment we all sat down to discuss the project, and we couldn’t be more excited to support them as they bring their vision to life,” WGN America president Matt Cherniss told Deadline Hollywood adding, “We feel Manhattan has all of the elements to make for a provocative and memorable series…”
Deadline Hollywood reports that WGN America has ordered a thirteen episode, scripted drama series called, Manhattan.
The show centers on the lives and lies of “brilliant but flawed scientists” during the secret 1940s military project to create the world’s first atomic bomb.
Manhattan will delve into dramatized happenings surrounding the portion of clandestine mission as it unfolded in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
The project, originally based in New York, spawned facilities in Tennessee, Washington and New Mexico – where four weapons were produced; two of which, Little Boy and Fat Man, were used against Japan in August 1945. The Manhattan Project officially ended in 1946.
The series is set to premiere in the summer of 2014. Production is slated to begin this winter in… where else, New Mexico!
UPDATE 7/2/2013: Breaking Bad creator, Vince Gillagan says Saul Goodman Spinoff Moving ‘Full Speed Ahead’ -The Wrap TV
As the world anxiously awaits the final eight episodes of the “best show on television”, Breaking Bad fans are equally curious for the verdict on what comes next for cast & crew.
Even before we learn the fate of Walter White & Co. Br Ba devotees look forward to the most likely spin-off in which the best, slimiest, lawless lawyer around, Saul Goodman will once again ease all with, “Better Call Saul”.
Best news for New Mexico is that if a deal is indeed inked for the series, the most likely place for the Saul Goodman led series to take place would be original series home, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Home to the AMC series, Albuquerque Studios (The Avengers, The Lone Ranger) is well seasoned and at the ready for the return of all things Saul.
Last fall NBC shot the gritty drama pilot “After Hours” across the interstate, as a prospect for last season’s television schedule. After not making the first cut, then being volleyed back and forth from the pick-up list to the tentative list, an off-cycle short order has been placed for at least four episodes of the show.
And as we’ve previously reported, up north some very special goings-on are going on around the return of the A&E hit series, Longmire and the highly anticipated Seth MacFarlane adaptation of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey for Fox television.
After much ado about casting and re-casting, in round three of who will kick-up some dust and dig in his spurs opposite Oscar winner Natalie Portman in her New Mexico western “Jane Got a Gun”, her Star Wars co-star Ewan McGregor has come into focus!
Both are experienced in NM filming as Portman has been here for both “Thor” and “Brothers”, and McGregor starred in “Men Who Stare at Goats” back in and returned with Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano for “Haywire”.
As everyone knows all too well nothing is confirmed until all hands are on deck, all stars are on their mark and the director yells, ACTION!
So here’s to a great shoot for all involved, how ever things fall out on this and every AWESOME production rolling right now here in New Mexico!
UPDATE 4/23/1013: Unofficial confirmation continues to roll in! This exceptional looking production IS NEW MEXICO bound!
As we first broke the news here, Johnny Depp is expected back in New Mexico for his upcoming film “Transcendence”. Though no official confirmation of the production making its way to the Land of Enchantment has been announced, lead casting details are abundant!
Cinemablend reports that Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN co-stars Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphey have joined the cast of the film which is helmed by Wally Pfister, Nolan’s director of photography on the famed Dark Knight trilogy.
The cast rounds out with Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3, The Town), Paul Bettany (Legion, Creation), Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles, Gran Torino) and Kate Mara (127 Hours, Brokeback Mountain) to co-star.
Very little information has come out regarding the plot of the film, penned by Jack Paglen, except that its likely something of a sci-fi/fantasy, physiological drama in which “a scientist’s brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself”.
Production is expected to begin later this month for release on April 25, 2014.
Keep it here for what we hope will be an official word on at least some of the project getting underway here in NM!
Rumors are swirling about who will step in to replace Jude Law in the upcoming Natalie Portman western “Jane Got a Gun”…but has anyone thought that it may be TWO of the a fore mentioned studs instead of just one????
L’est we forget that there’s more than just one vacancy left after the upheaval resulting from a certain director’s direct exit from the film…as we alluded to here, prior to that directorial mess, a genuine scheduling conflict caused a leading man void in the Portman produced pelicula.
IF anyone has ever taken a word of my advice on what a riveting film NM’s Own 2009 “Brothers” was, they’ll know that both Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are a natural fit to work with Portman, and as for Jeff Bridges…well, CRAZY HEART!!!! Need I say more? If so, how ’bout a little film called “True Grit”, starring the naturally dreamy and perfectly aged Jeff Bridges!
Finally I’d be remiss if I didn’t disclose that Bridges’ co-star in Grit, none other than THE Matt Damon of the long ago NM Film, “All the Pretty Horses” is, as of this writing, a scheduling clear contender…
Of course it will be no surprise if none of the above make it to set, as is the world of movie making…maybe one of the locals can take a stab at one or two of the vacant roles on this pic.
Meanwhile, word on the wire is that another long lived leading man is recently signed on for a yet to be announced NM western, namely one Kurt Russell who is said to be on board with “Bone Tomahawk”, led by Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter).
Keep your ears to the grindstone my friends, New Mexico’s Summer shoot schedule is set to be a bumpy ride!
***UPDATE*** We are unable to divulge whether tribal, public or private property, locations or facilities are in talks to host this project, but multiple local area sources have confirmed to us the film’s likelihood of shooting in New Mexico.
In a far out blind item, we were recently hinting at rumblings that the biggest of biggies by way of global superstars, was possibly en route BACK to New Mexico!
Now that reports are rolling into the blogosphere that Johnny Depp’s next feature film is in fact on the rails, rapidly headed toward meeting production dates for a Spring 2014 release date, we ~can tell you – DEPP IS HEADED BACK TO NEW MEXICO!
Transcendence (which I will now learn how to spell) is set to co-star NMFilmer Paul Bettany, who starred in the 2009 New Mexico film Legion. Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister will make his directorial debut with the film, which Collider reports to be about “a scientist whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself”.
Female leads currently being bandied about include NMFilm star Emily Blunt (Sunshine Cleaning), Rooney Mara, and Rebecca Hall.
In addition to the rumblings on the web about the upcoming Captain America:The Winter Soldier shoot being delayed from spring to summer, there are also whispers in the wind that good ol’ New Mexico and El Capitán may not be completely DUNZO after all…
From this HIGHly respected speculative reporting post we can tell you that the Captain of NM’s own AVENGERS may be returning to a sound stage near YOU!
In the supremely secretive world of development on into pre-production, NO OFFICIAL confirmations will likely ever become avail. until any such projects are well into production or sometimes even nearly wrapped.
Do take note though, when you’re talking to your NM Film Friends who may crew, star or otherwise regularly staff NM productions, and their eyes take on a particular glaze, just know that that is likely the moment when visions of their signature on an ironclad non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is crossing their mind (otherwise known to us as the patented “Disney Daze”).
But eventually when someone tells someone, who tells someone, who hears something from someone (probably one of the wonderful wait staff of a New Mexico small business), we will get the anonymous suggestion in our firstname.lastname@example.org or on our tip-line 505.510.1006, that says, “yeah, he’s here”. Meanwhile we wait…
As we first found out here, comedic genius Seth MacFarlane is looking to film part of his upcoming western parody, A Million Ways to Die in the West here in NM.
Co-written with his Ted and Family Guy writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, MacFarlane’s take on the wild west is a period piece, “with contemporary humor, with one undercurrent being just how dangerous and painful life really was in the late 1800s.”
This will be MacFarlane’s sophomore direction of a feature film, following the wildly successful run of his debut directorial work on Ted, the highly irreverent and heavily R-weighted comedy starring Mark Wahlberg which has grossed over $500M worldwide.
Recent underground reports say that A Million Ways…is this close to sealing a deal to shoot in NM.
Fellow comedy box office gold miner, Adam Sandler also has a western comedy on the horizon, and those sight/sites are also rumored to be set on NM!
Deadline Hollywood says:
This is the laffer that Sandler was going to make at Sony before Happy Madison Productions moved it to Paramount. The title [Ridiculous 6] is reminiscent of the 1960 United Artists pic The Magnificent Seven that starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn, the drama about seven gunfighters drafted to protect a Mexican town, so might this be a variation featuring inept gunslingers?
Both films are slated for a spring shoot, wherever they may shake-out…
The beautiful and talented Natalie Portman is no stranger to NM.
It was here, while she was busy catching the eye of ““Thor”“, that Santa Fean’s caught the starlet out and about. And in northern N.M., Portman delivered a heart wrenching performance along with her equally riveting co-stars, Tobey McGuire and Jake Gyllenhaal in 2009’s “Brothers”.
Now the Oscar winner is set to produce and star in the upcoming Western, “Jane Got a Gun”.
Buzz on the wire is that Michael Fassbender is also in for a leading role in the project. Off the wire, the buzz is the possibility of the film landing in NM for at least part of its early 2013 production.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Jane Got a Gun centers on a woman whose outlaw husband returns home riddled with bullet wounds and barely alive. When her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job, she is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm.