It has been a busy fall season for filming in Hamilton. New projects such as Taken, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Alias Grace and have been transforming the streets into stunning visual sets.
Hamilton has long been a highly desired filming location for movies and television series because of our incredible diversity, architecture, urban and rural landscapes, and, of course, the tax credits that production companies are able to take advantage of for filming outside of the GTA.
Here are some upcoming series as well as recently filmed movies and shows in Hamilton that you may have not realized are filmed in our great city!
Taken (new series)
The original Taken movie franchise starring Liam Neeson was a massive hit, leading to a trilogy of movies about the most easily kidnapped family on earth. While the second and third movies in my opinion didn’t live up anywhere near the incredible first movie, the franchise didn’t disappoint when it came to action sequences and watching Neeson make his famous “I will find you” promise that became a popular internet meme.
While we won’t be graced by Neeson using his “very particular set of skills” in another movie, we can look forward to a prequel of the movie in a new TV series starring Clive Standen (of “Vikings” fame) that focuses primarily on how Neeson’s character got those set of… “skills”. And the best part? There are scenes being filmed in downtown Hamilton including stunt car chases and driving sequences on King William Street, Catherine Street, Park Street and Hurst Place
The show launches on NBC in 2017.
The Handmaid’s Tale & Alias Grace (new miniseries)
Location: Throughout Hamilton
Two stories from the revered Margaret Atwood are being adapted for streaming miniseries including Alias Grace, and 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale, both fantastic pieces of Canadian literature. Filming will happen throughout Hamilton until the end of 2016 in locations including Sanford Avenue and the Durand neighbourhood.
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a world where pollution has made 99 per cent of women infertile. In this dystopian future, the U.S. is ruled by a fundamentalist Christian dictatorship, which has commandeered all fertile women as breeders for wealthy families. Watch for the release as a streaming series on Hulu in 2017.
Alias Grace is based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past. The six-hour miniseries will be broadcast in Canada on CBC and globally – everywhere outside of Canada – on Netflix.
xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage (new movie)
Location: Lower Burlington Street East
Leads: Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson and Tony Jaa.
A sequel to the 2002 film xXx and 2005 film xXx: State of the Union. Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage returns in this action packed sequel. Thought to be dead, he is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang in a race to recover an evil and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. The movie is set for release in theatres in early 2017.
The Shape of Water (new movie)
Location: McNab and Robinson
The Shape of Water is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. It’s an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.
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American Gods (new series)
Location: Downtown Core, Hamilton Cemetery on York Blvd.
Based on the award winning and internationally best selling novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods is an upcoming TV series that follows Shadow, a recently released ex-convict, who meets a mysterious man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past. He becomes wrapped up in the world of gods of all sorts from Norse mythology to all-powerful manifestations of technology. It blends together fantasy with both ancient and modern mythology.
American Gods is slated for release on Starz in 2017. Look for the Hamilton Cemetery on York Boulevard in the show!
The Beaverton (new series)
The Beaverton, a satirical news sites that is similar to The Onion is making the jump to television. The show launched this month on the Comedy Channel, Wednesdays at 10:30pm and consists of fake news and political satire. Expect a cross between Saturday Night Live and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
The Good Witch (Season 3)
Location: LIUNA Station, Dundas
The Good Witch, a Hallmark Channel show, returns to Hamilton to film its third season. The much loved show will be filming across Dundas and Westdale standing in for Middleton, USA. The series focuses on the spirited life of newly widowed Cassie Nightingale, the good-hearted enchantress with her teenage daughter Grace. The series is set to premiere in 2017.
Catherine Bell, Rhys Matthew Bond, Noah Cappe, James Denton, Catherine Disher, Martha Tinsdale and Hannah Endicott-Douglas
Between (Season 2)
Location: Flamborough, Glanbrook
Netflix’s new series Between follows a town full of young adults and teenagers living in a town where a mysterious disease has killed everyone over the age of 21. There’s a government quarantine in place so they can’t escape to the outside world, and there’s no parents around to help. Everyone must fend for themselves and work together to survive.
Dark Matter (Season 2)
Location: Downtown Hamilton, Westfield Heritage Village
A TV series on Syfy that follows the six person crew of a derelict spaceship that awakens from stasis in the farthest reaches of space. Their memories have been wiped clean and the only clue to their identities is a cargo bay full of weaponry and a destination, a remote mining colony that is about to become a war zone.
Location: LIUNA Station, Hamilton City Centre
Leads: Catherine Bell and Adrian Holmes
Flashover, starring Catherine Bell and Adrian Holmes, had scenes filmed earlier this year in Hamilton at LIUNA Station and the Hamilton City Centre. Flashover is the story of Davis, an accomplished architect whose hectic business life comes to a crashing halt when a fire breaks out at a building she designed. When she fails to convince the fire chief to go back in and rescue her family, Davis decides to take matters into her own hands and tries to make her way through a burning building to save her family trapped on the 55th floor. She Aided by her intimate knowledge of the building’s layout, and sympathetic firefighter Ray Steele (Adrian Holmes, another Canadian with various television and movie appearances), There’s a firefighter who is on the ground with a walkie-talkie trying to help her make it through. Sounds exciting!
The film is expected to air in early 2017 on Super Channel in Canada and Up TV in the United States.