Nicknamed the "Irish Sopranos," the made-in-Boston cable TV pilot "War of '04" is currently filming in East Boston.
"They did some filming yesterday and today on Sumner Street in East Boston," writes Loaded Gun tipster Eric near the Maverick Blue Line T stop. "This morning it was right outside my door."
For those not in the know, Spike-TV has snagged a two-hour TV pilot centering around Irish gang warfare starring Matthew Marsden and Kevin Chapman in Boston. Walter Hill, an Emmy-award winner, is directing the show while Ultimate Fighting Championship Dana White is producing.
The story centers around the fallout when a Boston mob boss abruptly takes a leave of absence while rival gangs duke it out in an epic battle for control.
Ironically, the pilot is set in South Boston, not East Boston. In the Globe's "Southie gets a stand-in" here, state Representative Brian P. Wallace says location scouts opted to film in Eastie over Southie because it was more "dark and dingy."
Wallace jokes: "They said Eastie looks like Southie. I cracked up. Eastie's always been 15 years behind us, so that's no problem."
Click here for my list of Boston-based films in various stages of production. Also, click here for the lowdown on "War of '04" filming in Dorchester.