Filming in Tampa Bay has shut down as Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida’s Gulf Coast. “All permitted manufacturing is shut down now,” Tampa Bay Movie Commissioner Tyler Martinolich advised Deadline.
“We’ve a number of function movies in varied phases of manufacturing, in addition to a bunch of commercials, which can be affected by the storm,” he mentioned. “We suspended all movie permits as of Saturday the twenty fourth, and we’ll proceed to have these suspended by means of Friday the thirtieth, at which level we’ll reassess so far as injury and native sources and the aftermath of the storm.”
Netflix’s Ache Hustlers, starring Emily Blunt and Chris Evans, is among the movies shut down there. “It’s been capturing down in Miami,” Martinolich mentioned. “I do know they suspended down there. They weren’t filming right here but, however they had been in pre-production in Tampa.”
One other movie, which he recognized as Spider and Jessie, additionally has suspended manufacturing exterior of downtown Tampa Bay. “In any other case, we’ve numerous commercials this time of yr,” which have additionally been suspended, Martinolich mentioned.
“All permitted manufacturing is shut down now,” he mentioned. “I can’t say what’s taking place on personal property – those who don’t undergo the allowing course of – however we strongly encourage, regardless of who you’re or the place you’re filming, to cease filming and get out of city. We’re at present below obligatory evacuations for all flood zones, which is a lot of the Tampa Bay space, and we’re recommending that individuals take that critically and to depart if they’re in a kind of areas.
“The necessary factor for us is to deal with restoration and cleanup,” he added, “and we actually don’t need any sources that must be dedicated to that to be peeled away for movie shoots. So till we’ve accomplished the cleanup course of and we really feel that sources might be devoted elsewhere, we’ll proceed to droop permits. However we hope that we’ll be capable to get permits again on-line by mid-next week.
“We should always have a reasonably good thought Friday morning about the place we’re at so far as as to whether we will restart productions or not,” Martinolich continued. “We positively don’t see us allowing once more till after the weekend, even when the storm continues to float south of Tampa. We’re nonetheless going to get numerous rain and storm surge that can seemingly require days of cleansing up round city. Hopefully, it’s not more than that, however we’ll know Friday morning.
The climate there at midday ET on Tuesday was “cloudy with mild wind gusts,” he mentioned. “It positively seems like a storm is coming. There’s no rain but, however that must be altering by midafternoon. And positively by 2 p.m. [Wednesday], we shall be inundated by rain.”