6/5/2014 4:34:29 PM

Post-Standard: Hollywood comes to Syracuse: When will Gina Carano star in movie here?


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Actress and MMA fighter Gina Carano hasn't signed a contract yet, but a start-up movie company to be located in DeWitt still plans to shoot its first movie, starring Carano, beginning in July or soon thereafter.

Local movie production will come fast and furious after that, according to Michael Haggerty, chief operating officer of The Film House. The company aims to shoot at least four movies this year in Upstate New York, Haggerty said.

"Once we get rolling here, we're going to be extremely busy,'' Haggerty said.

The Film House said in March that it was negotiating with Carano to make a movie called "The Opium War'' in Syracuse.

That news followed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement that The Film House would be the first tenant of a state-owned nanotechnology hub to be built at the Collamer Crossings Business Park in DeWitt. The Central New York hub will be part of the state university system's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, focusing on innovations in the film industry and other sectors, such as medical devices and energy.

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