Cleveland is now established as THE place to film movies, so expect to see actor Kevin Costner here soon in a movie about the Cleveland Browns.
It appears Buffalo lost out on the location filming as BuffaloNews.com says filmmakers have chosen Cleveland for "Draft Day," a film that will reportedly showcase Costner acting as the Browns General Manager.
Tim Clark, who heads the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, says the bottom line was economics. The Cleveland deal was better for the filmmakers -- Cleveland was $3.5 million cheaper than Buffalo. Cleveland's 35 percent tax deduction incentive was 5 percent higher than New York State's.
I think it is more than a coincidence that the news about Costner came on the same day that the Cleveland Browns hired Ray Farmer as assistant General Manager and named Vice President-Player Personnel Michael Lombardi the team's General Manager.
Although there is no confirmation yet from the Greater Cleveland Film Commission about the Costner film, it's believed producers ultimately chose Cleveland primarily based on economics.
And don't forget that the Marvel film "The Avengers" that was filmed last year in Cleveland "paved the way" for Marvel's "Captain America 2: Winter Soldier" to be filmed here this year, likely to start later this month.
So, when did all this "let's film in Cleveland" begin? Let's first remember that the 1977 TV movie "The Gathering" starring Ed Asner was shot in Chagrin Falls, Hudson and Western Reserve Academy in Hudson.
But let's concentrate on the big screen and if I miss a movie, I apologize.
There was 1966's "The Fortune Cookie" with Walter Matthau.
In 1978, "The Deer Hunter" was filmed in Cleveland's Tremont area and in and around the steel mills. In 1983, we saw "A Christmas Story" using the Higbee Building on Public Square and a home in Ohio City which is now known as a very popular Christmas Story attraction.
Actor Michael J. Fox was here for 1987's "Light of Day" with Joan Jett, and maybe most memorably we had "Major League" filming here all about the Cleveland Indians -- starring Tom Berenger -- in 1989.
In 1996 we saw Adam Sandler's "Happy Gilmore" doing some filming here.
University Circle's Severance Hall was used at the beginning of 1997's "Air Force One" as the foreign dictator's supposed palace and "Welcome to Collinwood," starring George Clooney and William H. Macy, was filmed in Collinwood in 2002.
Also in 2002 we watched the filming of "Antwone Fisher" in a Cleveland neighborhood.
In 2003, we saw Paul Giamatti starring as Cleveland's own Harvey Pekar in "American Splendor."
2007's "Spiderman 3" had many scenes shot in Cleveland, while "The Soloist" was shot in a Cleveland neighborhood in 2009 and that movie had Robert Downey Jr. as one of the stars and filming was done in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood and on the Detroit-Superior bridge.
The year 2011 was a really big year.
Actor/director/producer Corbin Bernsen filmed "25 Hill," mostly in the Akron area. "Falling Backwards" was also shot and released in 2011, as was "Take Shelter," produced by Chagrin Falls' own Tyler Davidson.
Of course, 2012's "The Avengers" and "Fun Size" were both shot extensively in Cleveland, and 2012's "I, Alex Cross" was also filmed here.
Who says Cleveland isn't the Midwest's answer to Hollywood?