Friday, December 18, 2009

Hollywood icon Michael Mann to film "gripping Quincy crime epic" in Quincy

Article by Brunk Edwards and Beak Wilder / Photos courtesy of the World Wide Web

Hollywood auteur Michael Mann, director of such movies as Heat and Public Enemies, and well-known for his ability to bring larger-than-life criminals to the big screen, has finished pre-production on an as-yet-untitled film to take place in Quincy.

The movie, based on Mann’s exhaustive research into the late-1990’s rash of killings and robberies perpetrated by a man in a 9-foot rabbit costume, will begin filming this spring in the City of Presidents, and is expected to bring hundreds of dollars into local businesses like D’Angelo and New England Comics.

The events in which the movie will be based on began in 1998, on a cold spring morning in West Quincy, when an unidentified man wearing a rabbit costume entered the Brewer’s Corner Pharmacy, killing the pharmacy’s only employee and making off with an entire box of IcyHot topical heat rub.

The Brewer’s Corner Pharmacy closed it’s doors shortly after this horrific crime, never to open again, although remained there in an abandoned state until it was knocked down on Cinco de Mayo, 2005.

The Brewer's Corner Pharmacy, which was left abandoned after the brutal murder.

This sudden increase in violent crime continued on throughout the late-nineties, spreading wildly through Quincy like warts on a dick, most likely due to the criminal’s furious inability to accept the lackluster music scene that had plagued the latter half of the decade.

“The movie is expected to have a 3 ½ hour running time,” boasted Woburn-based pyrotechnician James Gravy, who has absolutely nothing to do with the film. Sitting comfortably in an 8x10 jail cell for his part in the now infamous Quincy Christmas play, Gravy added, “I would have loved to have worked on it. I’m a big fan of Mann’s and an even bigger fan of cold-blooded murders, so it would have been perfect.”

Gravy is facing a 13-year sentence for his unnecessary explosives during the Let’s Do This theatre group’s holiday presentation of Robot Cop, which left eight people mortally injured and thousands only slightly entertained.

While Mann himself has yet to travel to Quincy, his second unit camera crew has been scouting locations throughout the city for the last week. A pivotal scene in which “The Rabbit” forges an unlikely friendship with Al Capone is rumored to be filmed on the platform of Quincy Adams train station.

1999 Surveillance footage of "The Rabbit," who was never caught by police.

Capone, who is famous for being the mild-mannered, completely by-the-book owner of Al Capone’s Pizza on Summer Street in Boston, will be played by a dilapidated Ernest Borgnine.

The four minutes of dialogue, consisting mostly of “Hey, what’s up?” and “How you doing?” will be filmed using state of the art cameras designed by NASA scientists in a scheme to upstage director James Cameron’s latest film, Avatar. A roto-scoping, 4-dimensional IMAX lens with holographic thingamajigs is being flown in from the Moon. It is likely to soak up the lion’s share of the films $900 million dollar budget and use at least 30 USB cables.

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