Man of Steel: Video & Story of The New Smallville
Video posted yesterday of the smallville set and a story explaining how it is that Plano, IL was chosen to become the newest home of Superman.
The "Home of Superman" as they have officially nicknamed their city is obviously excited to have such a major movie being filmed in their front and backyard. The story below explains which other cities were in the mix to become the cherished home of Clark Kent. While the video was posted yesterday and gives you a dramatic look at some of the damaged set piece that you've only seen in photos.
Reports Examiner's Monica Key:
According to Mayor Robert “Bob” Hausler, shortly after the first of the year the City of Plano was approached by Third Eye Productions. Mayor Hausler states Michigan was the focus for a Smallville filming locale. Due to state budgetary issues, Michigan ended its film subsidy program used to attract and retain film making to their state. Michigan’s loss is definitely Illinois’s gain.
Other locales were scouted, such as Sandwich, IL (located in close proximity to Plano), but Plano was ultimately selected for its period look and charm consistent with this story’s background. Rolling grassy plains, wide open spaces with farms, architecture reminiscent of the late 50’s, and a people so friendly that they warm the hearts of all who visit, it’s easy to envision this city as Smallville--- the only home Superman has ever really known.
The city signed an agreement with Third Eye Productions, only recently, while intentionally waiting for the businesses and residents whose locations were of interest in filming, to sign theirs. In return for permitting the filming of Man of Steel, the city receives a fee plus costs incurred beyond routine, e.g. overtime for police to block streets. Any areas modified by production for the filming will be returned to their original state.
Man Of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Julia Ormond, Russell Crowe with Christopher Meloni and Harry Lennix, the reboot is slated for theaters Mid-December 2012!
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