Car chase for 'Spider-Man' sequel to be filmed in Rochester

06:12 PM, Mar 13, 2013

Andrew Garfield appears in a scene from the motion picture 'The Amazing Spider-Man.' Portions of the sequel will be filmed in Rochester. (JAIMIE TRUEBLOOD/GANNETT)/

Written By David Andreatta Staff writer

If Peter Parker were to ever entrust his secret alias as Spider-Man to a trustworthy confidante, he could do worse than Nora Brown.

The executive director of the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film and Video Office revealed a secret Wednesday that she had been keeping for two months: A portion of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be filmed in Rochester this year.

But the spilling of the beans stopped there.

When will filming begin? That’s a secret. Where will the filming take place? That’s a secret. Will the films stars — Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx — be on location? That’s a secret, too.

Speaking to reporters in the Monroe County Office Building during an afternoon news conference Wednesday, Brown and other local officials extolled how the project would book 3,000 hotel rooms and how Rochester is a welcoming and affordable place for the film industry to do business.

On details about the production, however, they were as mum as a papal conclave.

You probably won’t get any of those details from us,” said Brown, citing confidentiality agreements with the film’s producers. “As a producer, this is how it happens. It happens in their own time. As soon as they’re ready (to release details), they’ll make sure you all know.”

Inquiries placed via email to a spokeswoman with Columbia Pictures Industries, to whom Brown referred reporters, were not returned.

In many ways, the announcement was anticlimactic by Wednesday afternoon, with local officials having already been usurped by The Wall Street Journal and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Word of the film coming to Rochester surfaced late Tuesday in a Journal article about the lure of state tax incentives for the industry.

The story noted that the latest installment of the Spider-Man franchise is the first film about New York City native Peter Parker to be entirely shot in New York state, and that a car chase scene would be filmed in Rochester.

Chase scene? Where? When? Officials would not say. It’s a secret, you see.

Cuomo issued a press release Wednesday morning confirming the filming of a car chase in Rochester, and said the movie promised to be the largest filmed in New York and was expected to result in 3,500 jobs and the casting of 11,000 extras.

Extras? How can you sign up? Officials would not say. It’s a secret, you see.

Most of the jobs and 150 days of production work will happen in the Long Island and Brooklyn areas, Cuomo said. But Cuomo’s announcement predicted 10 to 15 production days in Rochester, as well.

Director Marc Webb reportedly began filming last month in New York City.

Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards said the city would accommodate producers to the greatest extent possible, adding that a benefit of filming in Rochester is that the city can meet requests to shut down major roads.

You can’t do that in Manhattan, as a practical matter.” Richards said. “That’s the kind of accommodation we should make … It’s something we have to offer and I’m sure we’ll be able to do it.”

Richards and other notables, including Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and VisitRochester President Don Jeffries, beamed standing next to a placard bearing the image of a web-slinging Spider-Man and the headline, “Filming in Monroe County.”

Specifics and logistics of the production aside, Richards perhaps best summed up the sentiments of local officials when he said:

More than all, I think it’ll be fun. Whatever the economic impact is I think it’ll be a cool thing, and I think we’ll have fun with it and I hope everyone in the community will view it that way.”

Perhaps they will. If they get to view the filming.

The movie is scheduled to open in theaters in May 2014.