Moviemakers have long disguised Toronto as New York, Chicago and countless other American cities: Steve Guttenberg jet-skied past the CN Tower in Police Academy 3 in 1986, the Incredible Hulk fought in front of Zanzibar in 2008, and the Batmobile will cruise down Yonge Street in Suicide Squad, which hits theatres in August. This summer, a fresh batch of Hollywood productions are flooding our streets and studios. Here are some of the movies, TV shows and stars setting up shop in your neighbourhood.
Starring: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Christoph Waltz
Director: Alexander Payne
Release Date: December 25, 2017
Writer-director Alexander Payne (Nebraska, Sideways) spent a decade nursing this dream project about a man (Matt Damon) who literally shrinks himself to live a better life. Where better to film a high-concept social satire than CityPlace? York University and Waterloo’s Perimeter Institute will also make appearances. Filming is set to wrap August 9.
Executive Producer: Bryan Fuller
Release Date: January 2017
The Enterprise’s mission: to boldly go where no man has gone before. Or, failing that, Pinewood Toronto Studios. Super-producer Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), a former writer/producer on Star Trek: Voyager, returns to the franchise that launched his career with this TV reboot. It’s set to premiere on CBS’s All Access streaming service in 2017.
The Shape of Water
Starring: Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Sally Hawkins
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Release Date: 2017
Hollywood legend Guillermo del Toro turned Trinity Bellwoods Park into part of a crumbling gothic estate for last year’s Crimson Peak. Now, he’s transforming the city into Cold War–era America, circa 1963. Plot details are under wraps, but the movie will reportedly combine history with fantasy à la Pan’s Labyrinth. Filming will coincide with del Toro’s career-spanning exhibition at the AGO.
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Release Date: 2017
Hollywood’s mandate to revive every piece of pop cultural ephemera from the ’80s and ’90s has inevitably found its way to Flatliners, a reboot of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller about medical students who seek near-death experiences to glimpse the afterlife. Production began July 9, and local boy Kiefer Sutherland, an alumnus of the original, is back at it.