X-Men x-tra boost for Montreal film biz
Montreal has seen its share of Hollywood glitz this summer with movie productions such as the latest X-Men film which has been shooting in town over the past couple of months. It's a good indicator for the making of another blockbuster year for the industry in the city, according to some officials.
"It's been a great summer, another great summer," said Hans Fraiken, general manager and commissioner of the Quebec Film and Television Council. He told CJAD 800 News the X-Men: Days of Future Past film shoot helped bring in not only stars such as Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry but work for industry locals and economic spinoffs.
"It was not only a blockbuster, they probably spent over a hundred million dollars in Quebec," Fraikin said.
"I don't think we've ever had a blockbuster with so many stars in it at one time. Usually you see one or two stars coming down, if at all."
And by all accounts, everybody - crew members and actors - had a good time. Jackman, who plays Wolverine in the movie, and some of his co-stars were spotted at a Montreal Canadiens game. Berry, who has the role of Storm, was seen shopping on Greene Avenue in Westmount. Nicholas Hoult, playing Beast, was seen at the Grand Prix, as were some of his co-stars. Hoult also tweeted that he attended a roller derby match last weekend in the city.
"One of the best marketing tools we have is word of mouth," Fraikin said.
And there's more to come, Fraikin added: German film director Wim Wenders is also in town shooting his latest film, starring James Franco. Last year saw just over $250-million in foreign film productions in and around the city.
"We'll know in about five, six months, if this year was yet another record-breaking year, but from all indications it looks like it's going to be as good as last summer."