While set designers have spent weeks constructing an elaborate set within the Franklin Park Zoo for the upcoming Kevin James flick "The Zookeeper," popular video blogger Steve Garfield asks here: What's going to happen to all the movie set construction?
According to a Loaded Gun Boston source, filmmakers aren't sure exactly what will stay from the set which is, in essence, a mini zoo within the zoo. But for the most part, the structures are built for filming purposes only.
In other words, all of the cables and movie-set facades will be torn down after filming.
However, the source says that there are still many improvements being made. It will be the restoration that will mainly show the gentrification. Once all the filming is done and the equipment is gone, the zoo will look quite nice.
As previously reported in Loaded Gun, 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.
In "The Zookeeper," James 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 an extended period even after the production is done.
James was spotted on Saturday, June 27 at Franklin Park Zoo with a crowd of people surveying the set. Filming is scheduled to kick off on Monday, July 20. Also, RPM Casting is still on the hunt for background extras.
Click here for the latest on "The Zookeeper."
UPDATE: The Globe reports here that the zoo may be in jeopardy as a result of the budget cuts imposed by Gov. Deval Patrick. The article suggests if the funding (cut from $6.5 million to $2.5 million) isn't restored, they'll run out of money by October and have to close their gates, which could be disastrous for the workers and animals at the park.