If things work out as officials in Edmonton are hoping, the city will be adding some badly needed jobs and income to their location. There is the possibility that Lionsgate Entertainment and SCI FI will be moving locations for The Dresden Files’ next season to Edmonton within the month with actual shooting set to begin in the fall.
The Dresden Files, a show about a P.I. who uses the magical arts to solve cases, is suppose to take place in Chicago, Illinois in the United States, but its first season was shot on various locations in and around Vancouver and Montreal.
One of the main factors for considering a move to Edmonton has been the city’s willingness to be open to the needs of the production, whereas, over the years since Montreal and Vancouver have become hot spots for film and television production, greater restrictions and costs have ensued for the many studios wanting to shoot there.
Another of the prizes that may come Edmonton’s way is the Masters of Horror series. The latter is almost a sure thing, whereas, Dresden coming to Edmonton will depend on whether or not the series gets picked up by SCI FI for another run. That decision from the network has yet to be made public.
Most of the residents of Edmonton are excited about the prospect of news roads, jobs and increased commerce, but a few are wary and worry that their city and it’s uniqueness will just get swallowed up in the “showbiz” glitz and loose site of who they are and what they stand for. Scott McKeen of The Edmonton Journal sums it up this way, “…a TV series will bring [in] some glamour to Edmonton, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Gretzky wore an Oilers jersey, or the SCTV gang filmed here. And if the city makes money on the deal, well, they can always invest it in asphalt.