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Guillermo Del Toro's staff plan Hamilton visit to talk film studio locations: mayor

Guillermo Del Toro's staff plan Hamilton visit to talk film studio locations: mayor
From CBC - September 13, 2017

A group of staffers for famed Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro are headed to Hamilton soon to scout possible locations for a film studio, says Mayor Fred Eisenberger. And it all happened with a tweet.

City economic development staff are already looking at potential locations, Eisenberger says. Before long, Del Toro's company is expected to join them.

"Discussions are happening," Eisenberger said. "We will talk about what their interests are and whether there are appropriate sites and I believe there are and we will go from there."

This is just the latest in a growing mutual love affair between the Pacific Rim director and the city.

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Del Toro has filmed in Hamilton before, including using the Scottish Rite Club in the spooky 2015 film Crimson Peak.

He returned last year to film The Shape of Water, and tweeted aboutrestaurants, book stores andthe city's recent revitalization. Hamiltonians reciprocated, inviting him to their shops and eateries and offering to have lunch with him.

"I ca not tell you how great it is, and great it feels, to see you tweeting about #HamOnt," someone tweeted to him.

Then in a Toronto International Film Festival appearance this week, Del Toro said he'd like to set up a studio in Hamilton.

"I love Hamilton," he said. "I love it. It has some of the greatest stores, book stores, restaurants. It's really a transforming city."

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