Michael Bay's Pain and Gain Prepares to Film on Biscayne... We Think
But we may have found out where they'll be shooting next month.
When we asked a crew member about the building's makeover, he answered our question with another question: "What film are you talking about?" When we told him we thought it could be the new Pain and Gain set, he referred us to his boss. A representative of the production quickly appeared and offered this cheeky statement: "I can neither confirm nor deny that this is Pain and Gain, and that we are all employees of Paramount Pictures."
But though we couldn't get an official confirmation, the facts do seem to indicate that this will be one of the film's sets. Pain and Gain is the true story, originally reported in New Times, of two down-on-their-luck bodybuilders and gym managers (Wahlberg and Corddry) involved in a kidnapping and extortion scheme, all to save their Miami Lakes gym -- named, of course, Sun Gym.
Rumor has it the filming schedule will be tight, taking place in April and May. Pain and Gain is the first in a new, two-picture deal Bay has with Paramount, and the studio, understandably, is anxious to get this little film shot and in the can quickly (it's scheduled for theaters sometime in 2013) so Bay can concentrate on generating another billion dollars at the box office with Transformers 4, which is already slated for a June 29, 2014, release.
So, stalk, er, stake your claim now on a prime piece of pavement along the east side of Biscayne Boulevard between NE 80th and 81st Streets outside the newly branded Sun Gym headquarters. Best case scenario: You could come face to face with Dirk Diggler himself. Worst case: This is all just a big coincidence. But hey, you've been meaning to hit the gym anyway, right?
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