Friday, June 05, 2009

Franklin Park Zoo hosting 'The Zookeeper' film set

Lions, tigers and bears in Boston? Try Dorchester and Stoneham.

An inside source confirms that the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Zookeeper," starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson, will film the majority of its scenes at Franklin Park Zoo located at 1 Franklin Park Rd. and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.

The source, adding that production is scheduled to kick off in July, confirms that there will be specific areas of the zoo that will be renovated, paid for by a donation made by the production company.

James, currently in Essex filming scenes with Adam Sandler and crew for the ultimate buddy flick "Grown Ups," will play the title role in the film produced by Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. In "The Zookeeper," he plays a zoo caretaker who consults with the animals in an attempt to learn their methods of dating and mating to help him win back the woman of his dreams.

Production crews plan to shell out major money to spruce up the Franklin Park Zoo, with renovations and landscaping slotted to benefit the non-profit zoo for extended period even after the production is done.

Loaded Gun Boston reader Craig Rabe says "he noticed that the production crew for 'The Zookeeper' has taken over a large part of the middle of the zoo to create a set." Rabe confirmed with a zoo official that designers "are spending at least the next six weeks building the set," with design beginning in late May.

Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."


Rhea said...

Wow, what a lucky break for the zoo. It has always had budget problems and now it will get some free help. I am a member of the zoo, so I love hearing this news.

Anonymous said...

What a Wonderful opportunity for our Zoo, as a member of Zoo New England I am pleased that there will be some extra funding for some much needed improvemts and to better care for our beloved animials, I visited the zoo just yesterday and witnessed the "set building" it all looks exciting for Boston as well so I will be sure to visit often this summer to check the goings on.

Steve Garfield said...

I'd love to hear more details as to what exaclty they are building and how the construction is going to be used in the zoo after the movie finishes shooting.

Sam Baltrusis said...

Hey Steve: They're building a mini zoo within the Franklin Park Zoo which will serve as "The Zookeeper" set. From what I hear, production crews plan on spending major money renovating the zoo after production. However, I'm not sure what will happen to the set after filming. I'm assuming it will be disassembled, but I will try to find out more.

Thanks for your comment!

Anonymous said...

I was at the Franklin Park zoo today and got a good look at the set- it looks fantastic! It does however look temporary.
I'm hearing the zoo is most likely going to shut down in August due to state cuts.

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