Hollywood films to be shot in Detroit bring jobs to Michigan

Posted on April 10, 2013

Detroit has big plans for the film industry coming late this spring. Just announced on Monday, April 1st from the Michigan Film Office is the film directed and written by actor, Ryan Gosling, “How to Catch a Monster” has been approved for a film incentive from the state.

This movie will not just be filmed in Detroit, but will also have the screenplay take place in the Motor City.

“How to Catch a Monster” is a film based off themes of fantasy, horror, and suspense that all comes into a modern fairytale. This movie is about “a single mother named Billy, that is swept into a dark underworld, while her son Bones, discovers a secret path that leads him to an underwater town. Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if they want their family to survive.”

David Lancaster, Co-President of Bold Films, producing the movie says “Ryan was inspired by what he saw in Detroit and decided to set the movie in Detroit.”

This film will be starring celebrities Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Filming will start in May and will run for around eight weeks.

Margaret O’Riley, Michigan Film Office Director states “This project is a great fit for Michigan and what we have to offer – from incredible locations to a talented workforce. It’s a strong vote of confidence when individuals who have filmed previously in Michigan bring new projects back to the state.”

“How to Catch a Monster was awarded an incentive that is worth $1.75 million on $6,238,922 of projected in-state expenditures.” The good news for people looking for work in Michigan is this film will be expecting to hire 104 workers, which will be full time equivalent to 30 jobs.

Ryan Gosling has had starring roles in over 20 films and has appeared in several popular television shows. Gosling has been nominated and won countless awards in major films. “How to Catch a Monster” will be Gosling’s film debut as a director.

It was just announced on Wednesday, April 3rd Transformers 4 was approved to be filmed in Metro Detroit and will receive a state incentive. Filming will begin in the spring.

“Transformers 4 was awarded an incentive of $20 million on $81,933,992 of projected in-state expenditures. This film will be expecting to hire 368 workers from Michigan that will be a full time equivalent of 339 jobs.”

Rachel Reynolds, The Michigan Journal.