A nine-day shoot is starting Tuesday in Rochester for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today, including a car chase scene.
The Democrat and Chronicle reported today about the planned shoot. The film is opening May 2, 2014.
Two hundred crew members are coming to the city, along with 250 local crew hires and 150 extras, Cuomo said. The production will book 3,000 hotel nights and spend $400,000 on local vendors, $120,000 on craft service, and $120,000 on restaurant meals, Cuomo estimated.
“The wait is over: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming to Rochester,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Since the day we announced the shooting of this movie in New York, franchise fans in Rochester and all across the state have been eager to get a glimpse of the action happening right in their backyards.”
The state has increased its film productions after expanding its film-tax-credit program, which provides $450 million a year in breaks to production companies.
In a statement, Cuomo said that 338 projects that have filmed or applied to the program since Cuomo took office in 2011. He said the films are resulting in $5.2 billion in spending in the state.
Some lawmakers and fiscal watchdogs have been critical of the spending. The state is cutting $90 million this year to the developmentally disabled, but is providing tax breaks to Hollywood, said Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, R-Fishkill, Putnam County, who is holding a news conference tomorrow on the issue.
“There was money for Hollywood, but not the developmentally disabled. The developmentally disabled don’t have high-powered lobbyists to pull strings in Albany,” Lalor said in a news advisory today.