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                Public Communications Division

                            Department of Customer Services

                            City & County of Honolulu

                            523-4385

                                                                                                                      

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2002

 

Contacts:       

Ernest Malik, Publicist - Revolution Studios - (1-888-525-0261)

Donne Dawson, Manager - Hawaii Film Office (State) - 586-2570

Walea Constantinau, Film Office Director - Honolulu Film Office(City) - 527-6108

 

 

The untitled Revolution Studios’ film directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Bruce Willis is nearing the end of its five-month production schedule on Oahu with scenes to be shot in downtown Honolulu this Saturday, July 6, and Monday, July 8. The downtown shoot will not involve Bruce Willis or co-star Monica Bellucci.

 

“This production, in which Hawaii doubles for West Africa, has been extremely important for our community,” says Walea Constantinau, Honolulu Film Office Director. “Revolution Studios has shot nearly the entire film in various locations on Oahu, pumping tens of millions of dollars into the state’s economy and generating a significant amount of business for more than 250 local companies."

 

Preparations are well underway for the shoot in and around the U.S. Postal Service building and Ali‘iolani Hale, in which the buildings will double for the interior and exterior of the Nigerian presidential palace.  Among other temporary changes, the production has created and installed an authentic-looking fence fronting Ali‘iolani Hale that will be removed next week once filming is completed.

 

The filming activity will mean that King Street and its sidewalks, between Richards and Punchbowl streets, will be closed all day Saturday.  Mililani Street, between Queen and Merchant Streets, will be closed as of 1 p.m. Friday and not re-open until Monday at midnight. Also, the Mauka/Ewa-bound lane of traffic will be closed on Queen Street, between Punchbowl and Richards streets, from 6 p.m. on Friday until midnight Monday. 

 

There will still be access to the state Supreme Court offices, the Judiciary History Center and the main Post Office during normal weekday business hours. With the exception of Saturday, access to the Kamehameha Statue will remain open.  Also on Saturday, the bus stop on the corner of King and Punchbowl streets will be relocated to the Diamond Head side near Kawaiahao Church.  City bus services on King and

Hotel Streets will be detoured between Alakea and Punchbowl Streets.  For more details, contact TheBus information line, 848-5555.

 

"Revolution Studios has been quite diligent at minimizing the impact to the community within the context of what needs to be done to film the scenes in a safe and efficient manner”, says Donne Dawson, Manager of the Hawaii Film Office.   "We are confident the community will pardon the temporary inconvenience given the economic importance of the film to our local industry and the state’s economy."

 

"The joint city-state cooperation has been impressive," say publicist Ernie Malik of the film offices and numerous city and state agencies that assisted in coordinating the filming activities downtown.  "The film-friendly atmosphere is crucial to maintaining and attracting production to the state."

 

The production expects to complete shooting of the film in various other Oahu locations by July 13.   The untitled film is scheduled for a Summer 2003 release.

 

 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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