Limavady was buzzing at the weekend after Hollywood rolled into town to film scenes for the sci-fi movie ‘Dracula Year Zero’ at the stunning Roe Valley Country Park, news exclusively revealed by the ‘Journal’ last month.
The field beside the former Gorteen Hotel was taken over by huge white lorries containing countless pieces of equipment for the blockbuster. Neon yellow signs directing crew to the scene were dotted around the Gorteen, and in the park, for the Universal Pictures production with O’Cahan’s Rock and others parts of the Park used yesterday and today.
News of the production, which is also being shot in others areas of the North, has been the talk of the town.
Limavady Mayor Gerry Mullan said: “The Park is a beautiful spot and it’s ‘fang-tastic’ it’s being chosen by Universal Pictures, especially when you think of all the places they could have used. The park is one of jewels in our crown and I’m delighted to see it getting so much publicity!”
The news created a buzz on the social media site Twitter with @SharonOwensAuth posting: “Now, on to the news of the day: DRACULA is coming to Limavady. I haven’t been this excited since Morrissey played the Ulster Hall in 1984”.
Also on Twitter, @Jade_Shields tweeted: “The beautiful @TheRealLukevans is filming in my little town of Limavady today Nice to see Roe Valley country park used for such a brill film”.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, said the Country Park “is just one example and films such as this provide a great opportunity to showcase our natural beauty both locally and on a world stage”.
The Country Park is open to the public during filming, however, “some areas may become inaccessible”, said Minister Durkan adding: “There is no doubt the spin-off publicity will ultimately lead to many more tourist visits. Therefore the net benefits to the park, to the town of Limavady and to the rest of the North would far exceed any short term inconvenience.”
The movie features Luke Evans, star of in Fast and Furious 6, and A Dangerous Method actress Sarah Gadon. Dominic Cooper, well known for his roles in Mamma Mia and My Week with Marilyn, is also thought to be attached to the project.
The adaptation will be directed by Irishman Gary Shore and produced by Michael De Luca, who also worked on high profile films such as Moneyball and Oscar-winning The Social Network.
The ‘Journal’ understands the release date for the movie is August 2014.