It's no April Fool's joke: Yet another movie is coming to town, and this one will be a horror film in trendy 3-D.
"My Bloody Valentine 3-D" is scheduled to start shooting May 12 with director Patrick Lussier ("White Noise 2: The Light," "Dracula 2000") and starring, among others, actress Jaime King, who landed on many moviegoers' radar with "Pearl Harbor." Her more recent credits include "The Class," "Kitchen Confidential" and "Sin City."
The original "My Bloody Valentine," released in 1981, was hailed for its use of a pickax rather than a knife as murder weapon of choice. In that film, directed by George Mihalka and shot in Nova Scotia, a coal miner cut down victims in the town of Valentine Bluffs.
The project will be here for four to six weeks and is notable for a number of reasons.
"It's the first time we've had 3-D done in Pittsburgh, and we're excited about that,'' Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, said yesterday. "It's also the return of Lionsgate," which made the series "Kill Point" in Pittsburgh for airing on Spike TV and could have more projects in the pipeline.
"The film office has created a production-friendly environment which, combined with the story taking place in the coal mines, makes Pittsburgh an ideal location for 'My Bloody Valentine,' " Michael Paseornek, president of film production for Lionsgate, said late yesterday.
The news came on what turned out to be the first day of shooting for the DreamWorks comedy "She's Out of My League" and the horror thriller "Shelter," with Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
"The Road" is still filming, while Kevin Smith's "Zack & Miri Make a Porno" wrapped up last month.
Post-Gazette movie editor Barbara Vancheri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1632.