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Hunter Killer, Hollywood comes to Whittier!


Hunter Killer, Hollywood comes to Whittier

On, November 12, 2014 an emergency town hall meeting was called to order in Whittier, Alaska. Saltwater Excursions attended this meeting along with several other business owners and several residents.

Hollywood is coming to town. The largest film ever filmed in Alaska is coming to our little town of Whittier, Alaska. Hunter Killer is based off of a George Wallace and Don Keith thriller “Firing Point”; a novel about a U.S. nuclear submarine that faces a Russian sub. The story follows an untested submarine captain who must work with a Navy SEAL team to rescue Russia’s president, who is taken prisoner during a military coup.

Pre-Production of the film begins January 6, 2015 and will continue for approximately 12 weeks. The executive producers, Jamie Marshall and Scott Lumpkin, said the actual filming will begin sometime in March 2015 and will continue for approximately 12 additional weeks. They are hoping to have things wrapped up by June 1, 2015.

Gerard Butler Hunter Killer

Gerard Butler

What does this mean for Whittier, Alaska? Mr. Marshall and Mr. Lumpkin have asked for any resources they could possibly utilize. They need, housing, warehouses, restaurants, catering, vessels, helicopters, set painters, etc.   What is typically a very quite town of 300 full time residents will be hustling and bustling this winter. Restaurants, hotels and other businesses, which are typically closed in the winter, will start to reopen on February 1st.

The producers are expected to bring in 400 people for this filming project. Hunter Killer is expected to exceed over $80 million.

Though the producers would not confirm the actors in the movie, rumor in Whittier says it will be Gerard Butler and Liam Neeson.

 

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