Thursday, September 13, 2007

Catherine Keener & Steve Coogan in Albuquerque

Not to be a huge geek or anything... but I'm really excited about this.

Cool, interesting actors, Eric Eisner, what seems like a fun script, jobs... and even a little bit of press over in Manchester

Press release from the NM Film Office runs below...

Governor Bill Richardson Announces Hamlet II to be Filmed in New Mexico
750 Local Principal Actors and Background Talent to be Hired
Contact: New Mexico Film Office (505) 476-5600

SANTA FE—Governor Bill Richardson today announced that the feature film Hamlet II, starring Steve Coogan and Catherine Keener, will be shot in New Mexico.

The film will be shot in and around Albuquerque from September 17 through October 28 and expects to hire approximately 80 New Mexico crew members and 750 local principal actors and background talent.

Eric Eisner and Aaron Ryder will produce. Directing will be Andy Fleming who also co-wrote the screenplay with Pam Brady.

Hamlet II is an irreverent comedy. It tells the story of a very idiosyncratic Drama teacher, Dana Marszh, in a typical Southwestern high school who commits himself to writing a sequel to ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare. Buoyed by his students, he prevails and the play becomes a significant cultural moment and an emotional turning point for everyone involved.

“Steve Coogan is simply one of the most talented comedians there is. Andy and Pam wrote a very smart and engaging script and I’m excited to work with such an experienced team,” said Eisner.

Since Richardson took office, over 80 feature film and television projects have shot in the state, adding over $1.2 billion dollars to New Mexico’s economy.

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