McIntyre, Gino; Hunter, Terry
May 2003
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;5/27/2003, Vol. 378 Issue 41, pS-1
When it came time to adapt author Elmore Leonard's crime caper "The Big Bounce" for the big screen, director George Armitage opted for a tropical approach, moving the story from the Wolverine state to the North Shore of Oahu. It's difficult to compete with the allure of the Hawaiian islands, for shooting movies--especially during November and December. "Bounce," scheduled for a fall release by Warner Bros. Pictures, is hardly the only feature film to take advantage of Hawaii's unique locale and production-friendly environs. While Oahu remains the primary center of feature, TV' and commercial production, the other five islands--the Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai--to varying degrees are blossoming as producers and location managers from the U.S. and abroad bring projects to their sandy shores. In fact, the Hawaii Film Office estimates that $135 million was spent on film and TV production in Hawaii during 2002.


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