Borough filming likely in fall at eight locations

Stonington - Local filming of "Great Hope Springs," the $30 million movie starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, will likely take place this fall at eight locations in town including the Old Lighthouse Museum, the Inn at Mystic and a home on Church and Orchard streets in the borough.

Filming is also slated at three borough restaurants: Skipper's Dock, Water Street and Noah's, according to an email to borough officials from Ronnie Kupferwasser, the movie's location manager.

Other locations mentioned in his Monday email, which included a permit application and proof of insurance, are the Econo Lodge in Mystic and exterior shots along Water Street in the borough.

Although Kupferwasser said the schedule is not fully ironed out, there is two-week window in late September and early October when the movie would ideally be filmed here.

Kupferwasser and movie officials are scheduled to meet with First Selectman Ed Haberek, Police Chief J. Darren Stewart and borough Warden Paul Burgess at 4 p.m. on Monday to discuss the filming. That meeting will occur before the Board of Warden and Burgesses meets at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall to discuss whether to approve the permit application to film parts of the movie in the borough.

The plot of "Great Hope Springs" centers around a middle-aged couple, played by Jones and Streep, who attend an intense counseling weekend to decide the fate of their 30-year-old marriage. Carell plays the relationship guru who counsels them.

The Sony Pictures film, which is slated for a late 2012 release, is being directed by David Frankel of "The Devil Wears Prada."

Movie representatives have been touring the town and meeting with Haberek and others since late May.

Portions of "Mystic Pizza" were filmed in the borough in 1988, including the actual pizza shop scenes.


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