As the summer heats up in Richmond, so does the Blockbuster activity. The National Geographic Channel is producing the film, Killing Kennedy in the River City. The narrative is the sequel to Bill O'Reilly's historical book Killing Lincoln. Killing Lincoln proved to be a wide success on the NGC channel.
We went to Richmond's film industry headquarters for the inside scoop on the latest hoopla. Virginia's Film Office director, Andy Edmunds, says Richmond will set the stage for the story of JFK's assassination.
"It's pretty obvious that we're going to play Richmond as Washington, Richmond as Russia, and Richmond as Dallas," said Edmunds, who deterred from disclosing precise details of the production.
Movie sets bring in big money for RVA. Edmunds figures Killing Kennedy will reel in several million dollars in business. Killing Kennedy should also hire about 100 crew members, and up to 200 extras, according to the Virginia Film Office.
"Anytime a movie comes into an area, it's a huge economic impact. They do everything from buying paperclips to renting helicopters, to going to restaurants, to staying in hotels," explained Edmunds.
We uncovered that a popular hangout spot for movie crews on location in Richmond, is Bistro Bobett.
"Oh yeah, they're here already. They were here last night," said Bistro Bobett owner Francis Devilliers, of the Killing Kennedy movie crew.
Devilliers says his restaurant is often star-spotted when Hollywood's in town. "Tommy Lee Jones was here. Sally Field was here," continued Devilliers. Daniel Day Lewis even dined at the french restaurant.
Devilliers says movies add spotlight and dollars to his business.
"It's a big difference when they're here or not here," continued Devilliers.
Some other filming happening Virginia, the sequel to Captain America, and a new pilot show for AMC.
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