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20 Movies Filming in Vancouver This September

The Rock

Photo: @therock / Instagram

What do Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Steve Carell and Vince Vaughn have in common? They’re all filming some pretty big movies in Vancouver this September! Other Hollywood stars in town this month include Mel Gibson, Neve Campbell, Leslie Mann, Josh Brolin, Viggo Mortensen, Don Johnson and Vancouver’s very own Ryan Reynolds.

In total, there are at least 20 movies scheduled for production in Hollywood North throughout September 2017. The BC film industry can look forward to shooting 9 feature films, 10 television movies-of-the-week (MOW’s aka TV Movies) and 1 digital feature.



Deadpool 2


Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, T.J Miller, Karan Soni
Director: David Leitch
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Adult Comic
Side Code: DAISY, TCF, Caribbean Blue, Love Machine
Schedule: June 26 – October 6, 2017
Release: June 1, 2018

The sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time is underway in Vancouver and looks to make more of the city famous like it did the Georgia viaduct and Number 5 Orange. Production has been spotted around town all summer for big action scenes. There was also a fatal accident on set during a stunt in Coal Harbour.




Dragged Across Concrete


Starring: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Laurie Holden, Don Johnson
Director: Craig Zahler
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Side code: XMAS BEAR
Schedule: July 17 – September 16, 2017
Release: 2018

Lethal Weapon and Braveheart star Mel Gibson plays the old timer cop while Wedding Crashers and True Detective star Vince Vaughn plays the rookie in this gritty action-crime-drama. Their “strong-armed tactics” get caught on tape and result in a media firestorm. Then they find themselves going deeper down the rabbit hole into the underworld.

Eggplant Emoji


Starring: Geraldine Viswanathan, Daniel Doheny, Luke Spencer Roberts, Eduardo Franco, Sadie Calvano
Director: Jake Szymanski
Genre: Dark Comedy
Side code: LHP
Schedule: August 21 – October 5, 2017
Release: 2018

The emoji that says it all: the eggplant. This Netflix original movie is literally about a severed penis.  It’s backed by some comedy heavyweight producers like the Workaholics and Game Over, Man gang: Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck. Plus the one and only Ben Stiller!

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Director: Hernan Jimenez Garcia
Schedule: September 11 – October 11, 2017

Director Hernan Garcia is from Costa Rica and known for his Spanish movies Entonces nosotros (About Us), Viaje and El regreso (The Return). He is also a screenwriter, actor and comedian.

Fever Heart


Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Cara Delevingne
Director: Ben Briand
Genre: Thriller
Schedule: from September 2017
Release: 2018

Ben Briand’s debut feature film is a thriller starring Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard from True Blood and British actress Cara Delevingne from Suicide Squad.

I’m Not a Bad Person


Starring: Tim Guinee, Chelah Horsdal, Ryan Grantham
Director: Andrew Huculiak
Schedule: August 23 – September 16, 2017

Andrew Huculiak is shooting his second feature film in his hometown of Peachland, BC. He’s also a member of the Vancouver-based indie rock band We Are The City. The movie is a crime drama set in the harsh Canadian wilderness and centres around a family man who is charged with heinous crimes.




Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Shreiber, Noah Taylor, Chin Han
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Genre: Action
Side Code: MAST
Schedule: August 15 – November 17, 2017
Release: July 13, 2018

The Rock’s next big action blockbuster movie is set in China but being filmed right here in Vancouver. After some pre-production and location scouting earlier this year, principal photography for the film began shooting in August. The action-thriller also stars Neve Campbell and British Columbia’s very own Pablo Shreiber.


The Women of Marwen


Starring: Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Gwendoline Christie, Janelle Monae, Eiza Gonazlez
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Genre:  Drama, Bio
Side code: URZP
Schedule: August 11 – October 19, 2017
Release: November 21, 2018

Director and Producer Robert Zemeckis continues his momentum after recent films like Flight, The Walk and Allied with his Untitled project aka The Women of Marwen. It’s based loosely on the Marwencol documentary from 2010 but is not a direct adaptation or remake as the plot will be entirely different. The film is about a victim of an assault who finds his own method of recovery.


Photo/Eastern Promises

Starring: Viggo Mortensen
Director: Robert Lorenz
Genre: Crime, Drama
Schedule: from September 25, 2017

Viggo Mortensen is known for playing Aragon in The Lord of The Rings franchise as well as for his dramatic roles in movies like The Road, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. He stars in this crime-drama manhunt movie about the FBI search for the notorious domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski aka the Unabomber.


Pup Star 3: World Tour

Photo/Pup Star (Air Bud Entertainment)

Director: Robert Vince
Genre: Action, Comedy
Sign code: ABE
Schedule: August 21 – September 19, 2017

From the creators of Air Bud comes the digital feature and third installment of the Pup Star movie series. The family action-comedy follows singing canines with big personalities.


There’s a mix of holiday romance and murder mystery TV movies in production around town this month:

A Gift to Remember


Starring: Alie Liebert, Peter Porte, Vincent Dangerfield, Ricky He, mark Milburn
Schedule: August 20 – September 9, 2017
Network: Hallmark

Surrey’s Alie Liebert stars in the adaptation of Melissa Hill’s novel A Gift to Remember about a small bookstore worker.

A Harvest Wedding

Schedule: August 28 – September 16, 2017

All of My Heart 2


Starring: Lacey Chabert
Schedule: August 14 – September 1, 2017
Network: Hallmark

Finding Santa

Schedule: September 28 – October 19, 2017

A Fixer Upper Mystery 3


Schedule: September 12 – October 3, 2017
Network: Hallmark

Singer and actress Jewel reprises her role in the 3rd installment of this mystery series filmed on Vancouver Island.

Haily Dean Mysteries 3


Starring: Kellie Martin, Josh Sabarra
Schedule: August 17 – September 7, 2017
Network: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Love Struck Café

Starring: Cassidy Nugent
Schedule: August 14 – September 1, 2017

Mistletoe Inn


Starring: Alicia Witt, David Alpay, Lucie Guest
Schedule: August 18 – September 8, 2017
Network: Hallmark

The first movie in the series was filmed around town last summer.

Secret Santa

Schedule: September 11 – 30, 2017
Network: Hallmark

When you get your office crush for Secret Santa the holiday gift exchange is bound to go awry.

The Christmas Train


Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Joan Cusack, Danny Glover
Schedule: August 21 – September 15, 2017
Network: Hallmark

Based on David Baldacci’s No.1 New York Times bestseller, comes this Hallmark holiday movie about a cynical journalist who takes a train from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles for Christmas. Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress and wife of country star Brad Paisley, was in Vancouver this past spring filming another TV movie for Hallmark called Darrow and Darrow.



A number of movies wrapped up production around town last month:

  • Richard Says Goodbye starring Johnny Depp
  • The Buddy Games starring Josh Duhamel, Olivia Munn, Sheamus, Nick Swardson,
  • Fatal Visit by Hong Kong actor and director Yuen Leung Calvin Poon
  • Freaks by writers and directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein
  • Smart House by the co-creator of Saw
  • Summer of ’84 starring Rich Sommer and Tiera Skovbye
  • 13 Miles by married filmmakers Anthony Epp and Helena Thom


“Untitled Disney Santa Claus movie”


It’ll be Christmas in October for Vancouver as Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader are set to star in an untitled Santa Claus movie. Kendrick will play Santa’s daughter, Nicole Claus, who has to take over the reins (and reindeer) as old Saint Nick retires.  Marc Lawrence, known for Miss Congeniality and Did You Hear About the Morgans? is the writer and director for the “Nicole” project.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile


Zac Efron of High School Musical fame is set to star in this thriller which chronicles the crimes of infamous American serial killer Ted Bundy. The story is told from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend who was in denial about him for years. Ted Bundy confessed to 30 homicides across seven states between 1974 and 1978. In addition to being a serial killer he was also a kidnapper, rapist, burglar and necrophile. He targeted young women and girls and was executed by electrocution.

*Sign codes and schedules from CRBC and What’s Filming.

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