Mayor Byron Brown tweeted out a picture today with Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro that all but confirmed the director will be filming some scenes of his next movie in Western New York.
Tweeted Brown: “Hollywood comes to #Buffalo! I met director Guillermo del Toro at City Hall Monday, he is in town working on a new project. I’m looking forward to seeing what he is working on. Guillermo del Toro won Oscars for Best Director & Best Picture In 2018 for his film 'The Shape of Water.' ”
The tweet included a photo of del Toro with the mayor, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark and Rich Wall, director of operations for the Film Commission.
Later in the day, Clark removed all doubt about filming scenes for del Toro's next movie, "Nightmare Alley," here.
"I can confirm that Mr. del Toro and his team have been to Buffalo several times and they have informed us they intend to shoot several scenes in the Buffalo area," said Clark.
Del Toro also tweeted a few things today about his visit here.
He wrote: “Leaving Buffalo today! Will be back! Any culinary suggestions, antique stores, bookstore and indie comic shop suggestions-? And yeah, let’s screen some horror or noir when I come back!”
In another tweet, del Toro wrote: “Had beef on weck and wings last night at 'The Place.' ”
Hollywood comes to #Buffalo! I met director Guillermo del Toro at City Hall Monday, he is in town working on a new project. I’m looking forward to seeing what he is working on. Guillermo del Toro won Oscars for Best Director & Best Picture In 2018 for his film The Shape of Water. pic.twitter.com/vOG55EilvO
— Byron W. Brown (@MayorByronBrown) October 29, 2019
Of course, rumors began circulating last summer that del Toro is expected to shoot scenes in Buffalo with actor Bradley Cooper and other Hollywood stars for “Nightmare Alley.”
Last week, sources said Clark was in the mayor’s office discussing logistics for the needs of the filmmaker with members of several city departments, including police, fire, public works and parking.
Sources said at the time that del Toro is expected to film some scenes here for a week or two or maybe even longer. Cooper is expected to be here at least for some of the scenes, though that hasn't been confirmed, according to sources.
According to trade reports, del Toro is scheduled to start shooting the film in Toronto sometime in early 2020 so the scenes in Western New York would be expected to be shot after that. Trade reports also note that “Nightmare Alley” is a Fox Searchlight film loosely based on a 1947 film that starred Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell.
The website IMDb gives this summary of his film: “A corrupt con man teams up with a psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money.”
Del Toro has attracted a star-studded cast for the film, including Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe.