When Tom Cruise was in Pittsburgh filming "Jack Reacher" based on Lee Child's novel "One Shot" earlier this year, Paramount Pictures kept a very tight lid on production.
One scene involving Mr. Cruise was literally filmed at a parking lot across from the Post-Gazette, but on set visits were forbidden, even when the set came to us. That disappointment aside, Mr. Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie made full use of the city's diverse and scenic charms -- from Sewickley to the Strip District -- extending Pittsburgh's reputation as a great place to make movies in yet another high-profile film.
The director, cast and crew had such a great time here that they're returning to Pittsburgh for "Jack Reacher's" U.S. premiere on Dec. 15 at the SouthSide Works Cinema. All 10 of the theater's screens and all 1,659 seats will be devoted to the film. An ad in the Dec. 6 Post-Gazette will provide details on how to win seats, but no tickets will be sold for the event.
Because "Jack Reacher" was filmed at many more places in the region than the "Dark Knight Rises," a higher ratio of recognizable places will make it to the big screen. That will be great for the region's ego, especially after the star turn the Pittsburgh skyline received in the jail escape drama "The Next Three Days."
Having a Hollywood-style premiere in Pittsburgh featuring Mr. Cruise, Robert Duvall and other members of the cast and crew of "Jack Reacher" is a real coup for the region and testifies to the hard work of the Pittsburgh Film Office under Dawn Keezer. Pittsburgh isn't Hollywood yet, but it is quickly becoming more than a city with a pretty face.