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Darren Aronofsky coming to Cleveland? Kristen Wiig in Cincy? 5 films shooting in Ohio this spring, summer

Could we see filmmaker Darren Aronofsky in Cleveland?
Five films were awarded a piece of Ohio’s Motion Picture Tax Credit and say they plan to shoot in the state this spring and summer, according to the Ohio Film Office. One of those films is White Boy Rick, a possible $30+ million film from executive producer Darren Aronofsky.

Possible because there is more than one White Boy Rick film in the works. (We were unable to confirm prior to posting which film plans to shoot in Cleveland this year.)

Each film tells the tale of “White Boy Rick” Wershe, a teenage drug dealer working in Detroit who was sentenced to life in prison when he was 17 after selling more than 8 kilos of cocaine to undercover agents. He was also working as an FBI informant at the time, but it didn’t save him from arrest.

The first, White Boy Rick, is from Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, which has produced award-winning films including Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, Pi and The Wrestler. Yann Demange is attached as director. IMDb lists the film as still in the script stage.

The second is The Trials of White Boy Rick, written by Evan Hughes, based on his eBook. Joseph Kosinski is set to direct. Kosinski directed Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy and Tom Cruise in Oblivion. That film is listed as “optioned.”

There’s even a third film in development, based on a spec script from Logan and Noah Miller optioned by Studio 8.

Keep your eye out for Kristen Wiig in the Cincinnati area.

Desired Moments

Ghostbusters star Kristen Wiig is tied to this Amazon Studios film which will shoot in Cincinnati and around Hamilton County. The movie is budgeted around $5 to $10 million.

The dark-comedy is a first for Amazon Studios and is directed by Tom Kuntz. Kuntz is the commercial director best known for the DirectTV ads starring Rob Lowe, in which Lowe tells viewers to “not be like that Rob Lowe.”

The story focuses on Joe, a midwestern TV station employee who becomes obsessed with a bizarre wish-granting service he discovers on the internet.

'Lost & Found in Cleveland' finds Cleveland perfect location.

Lost & Found in Cleveland

This ensemble comedy plans to shoot in Cleveland over the next few months. Written by Marissa Guterman (The 40-year-old Virgin) and Keith Gerchuk (Agnes), the film tells the tale of friends trying to find themselves as they gear up for the Cleveland arrival of Lost & Found, an Antiques Roadshow-style TV show.

Northeast Ohio’s Tyler Davidson, the filmmaker behind Take Shelter and The Kings of Summer, serves as consulting executive producer. Davidson also produced the critically acclaimed The Land, now playing the festival circuit, and My Blind Brother, which shot in NEO last summer, starring Nick Kroll, Adam Scott and Jenny Slate.

To Make Heaven Weep

A $10 million budgeted crime thriller will shoot in Cleveland this year. The movie is from writer/director Spencer Jay Kim. Kim was a producer on The Yank, from Cleveland filmmaker Sean Lackey.

The movie is about a crime lord who must contend with his childhood best friend - a friend leading an elite task force targeting the crime lord’s organization.

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No info on this relatively low-budget film that plans to shoot in Cleveland.
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