The film, titled "Dead Man Down," is scheduled to be in Philadelphia for about 2 months and is expected to pump a great deal of revenue into the region. Some estimates put the cash flowing into the region in the tens of millions of dollars. Roughly 70% to 80% of the people working on the film are local residents.
"It's about the underworld, sort of 'Gangster Land' of New York city," producer Joseph Colfo told Alicia. "And all these different factions coming together at once. There's a revenge story that runs throughout, but I don't want to give away the plot."
The filming is going to keep a section of Walnut Street, between 16th and 17th streets, blocked off for filming.
The section of Walnut street has undergone some cosmetic changes to make it pass a New York City. For instance, signs for 17th Street have been changed to East 17th Street, and New York City taxi cabs have been brought in as have license plates for other vehicles in the shots. It will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Monday for filming
"It's wonderful. I mean, 22 years of living here and it's the first time I've been able to shoot a movie here. So it's like a little blessing," Terrence Howard told Alicia Vitarelli. "My kids are going to come down and that's kind of nice."
"We're very happy to be here," Armand Assante added. "The people are so lovely; Very, very generous and giving, very warm feeling."