A film production company wants to come to Watertown to recreate the Watertown Shootout when police encountered the Boston Marathon Bombers at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street.
In early, February, CBS Films contacted some residents in the area of the Watertown Shootout to discuss the production of the film, named “Patriots Day.” The movie will star Boston-native Mark Wahlberg and will be directed by Peter Berg, who also directed “Lone Survivor.”
According to the flyer sent to residents on Laurel Street, the movie “tells the story of the days following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and the extraordinary men and women involved in bringing the perpetrators to justice.”
On Feb. 12, representatives from CBS met with immediate neighbors to the area of the shootout, and the area where they seek to film.
The movie seeks to recreate the events of April 19, 2013, and the flyer said, “Please note that we are filming overnight and it will require simulated gunshots (noise) until approximately midnight each night.”
The proposed schedule is:
Preparation – Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29th (7 a.m.-5 p.m.) on Laurel Street only. During this time, crews will work with most houses on the street to “set dress” their yards and possible windows as well.
Filming – Monday, May 2 to Friday, May 6 (4 p.m.-6 a.m.), on Laurel Street and the Dexter Avenue. Filming will be loud, and no gunshots will be heard past midnight.
Wrap – Monday, May 9 to Wednesday, May 11 (7 a.m.-5 p.m.), crews will put each property back to way they found it.
East End Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis reached out to Town Manager Michael Driscoll and other town officials about some of her concerns.
“Certainly, Watertown has been the backdrop of numerous productions filmed on location; “Patriots Day” is of a sensitive nature. I will defer to the majority of the residents in the Laurel St. area to make the final decision,” Kounelis said. “We must also be respectful of the residents who do not want to partake in the interactions, if the decision is to move forward.”
She added that she wants to make sure all proper permits are in place for filming in town and that all costs be covered by the film production company. Kounelis also wants to make sure vehicular and pedestrian circulation is not blocked by equipment, vehicles and production crew.
Along with the information about “Patriots Day,” the flyer included a link to a survey for residents to fill out. See the flyer below.