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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Two Movies Set To Film in Pittsburgh | “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Still I Rise”


March 16, 2011
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - Barbara Vancheri for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Pittsburgh is set to become the backdrop of two new movies: “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Still I Rise.” “Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a best-selling novel, written by Upper St. Clair native Stephen Chbosky, who will adapt the book and direct the film. The story is set in Pittsburgh and revolves around a 15-year-old, to be played by Logan Lerman, who copes with his first love and own mental health, among many other things that can plague adolescence (and life in general). Reminiscent of J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye,” it’s a great book, and I recommend reading it before seeing the film. Set to begin production in the summer, the film will also star Emma Watson, best-known as Hermione Granger from the “Harry Potter” series. Producers will be Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith, while John Malkovich will executive produce.

Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, "Perks of Being a Wallflower." Source: beautifulballad.wordpress.com
“Still I Rise” is rumored to begin production around May 2 or May 9, though leads have yet to be cast. Daniel Barnz will be directing and writing the screenplay while Mark Johnson will be producing the film which will revolve around “two strong women, both mothers, who channel their frustration into action and join forces to transform an inner-city school. They want to make a difference in education and the lives of their children.” Though no locations have been finalized, 10-12 schools in the area have been scouted and considered. And Walden Media executive, Mylan Stepanovich, says that the production plans to hire as many local residents as possible. With a script that calls for “thousands of extras," these movies are bringing new work to western Pennsylvania as well as entertainment.


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