“Daddy’s Home 2” director Sean Anders isn’t the only one who’ll be yelling “Action!” this spring.
We’re told there are three movie projects and a TV pilot that’ll begin shooting in and around Boston in the coming weeks. Despite Governor Charlie Baker’s attempts to kill or curtail the state’s generous tax credit program for TV and film projects, Hollywood isn’t hesitating to set up shop in the Hub.
In addition to “Daddy’s Home 2,” which stars Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell and begins filming this week, CBS is gearing up to start work here on a pilot for “Perfect Citizen,” a legal drama from “Good Wife” executive producer Craig Turk. The show centers on a former National Security Administration whistleblower who embarks on a new career at a storied Boston law firm, and finds he’s celebrated by some and reviled by others.
The big-screen projects headed this way include “The Burning Woman,” a long-gestating film that’ll star ginger-haired “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks, Sienna Miller, “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul, and “Silver Linings Playbook” actress Jacki Weaver. The film, which Anne Hathaway was once attached to, is set in smalltown Pennsylvania and involves a 32-year-old woman who’s left to raise her grandchild alone when her teenage daughter disappears. “The Burning Woman” is being directed by Jake Scott, best known for music videos he made for the likes of Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M., and U2.
Another of the movies being made in Massachusetts is “Proud Mary,” which will star “Hidden Figures” actress Taraji P. Henson as a hit woman who discovers her maternal instincts after befriending a young boy. “Proud Mary” will be directed by Babak Najafi, an Iranian-Swedish filmmaker known for his 2016 film “London Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart.
Finally, and perhaps regrettably, Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison is scheduled to begin work on a movie about which little is known, including the title, story, or cast. Happy Madison has produced such classics as “50 First Dates,” “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”