Thursday, 28 January 2010

The Ithaca Journal Discuss Rob And “Water for Elephants”

“Twilight” fans rejoice: Fangy Hollywood heartthrob Robert Pattinson may be descending on Ithaca this summer to film a big-screen book adaptation at Cornell University.

Rumors are rampant that a production team for Fox 2000’s Depression-era drama “Water for Elephants” will be on campus in June to film scenes for the movie, which centers on a Cornell veterinary student who drops out and joins the circus after his parents are killed.

Pattinson, the 24-year-old British actor who shot to fame portraying brooding vampire Edward Cullen in the blockbuster “Twilight” series, is said to have signed on to play the role of central character Jacob Jankowski.

Cornell University press officer Blaine Friedlander said he was unable to confirm whether the school would be used as a film location.
A full production crew of 50 to 100 people could spend as much as $50,000 a day locally. Even a smaller "second unit" crew of 10 to 20 people would need food and accommodation, he said.

Bruce Stoff, marketing communications manager for the Ithaca/Tompkins Convention and Visitors Bureau, said it would be a big economic boon for the area if it was.


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