Netflix in Talks Over Lancaster Shoot
LANCASTER -- Filming of a new Netflix series or movie could soon be underway throughout Lancaster as the town has entered into negotiations with the video-streaming service to serve as the backdrop for one of its newest programs.
Specifics on what Netflix plans to be filming is still unknown, though several town officials said Monday that discussions with the company have been ongoing.
Kathleen Rocco, executive assistant to Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco, said Pacheco has been working on a deal with Netflix but said no start-date set for when filming might begin has been set.
Pacheco, who was out of the office Monday, could not be reached for comment.
Selectman Mark Grasso said he thought filming could begin as early as next month, but was unable to provide many specific details on the project.
“My understanding is that Lancaster and Ayer are going to be the two central filming locations for a series. I don’t think it’s going to be a movie,” he said.
Grasso also said that Netflix has already sent location scouts on several site visits to Lancaster, specifically in the area of the historic town green in front of Town Hall.
The agenda for Monday night’s Historical Commission meeting did feature a discussion on Netflix’s proposal to construct a gazebo on the town green for filming purposes.
“It’s very exciting and it would be a lot of money,” said Grasso. “The town negotiates how much money it would be, but it also really puts us on the map.”
Neither Grasso nor Rocco provided any information on how much money the town might receive if it serves as a filming location for Netflix.
If the project does end up being a series, it would be the second such program to be filmed in Lancaster in the last year. Castle Rock, the Hulu TV series based on the works of Stephen King, shot scenes in Lancaster last August. The show, which premiered last month, has since been approved for a second season.
The horror film Slender Man, which was released just two weeks ago, filmed at the Thayer Memorial Library last July. The town was paid $7,000 by the production for use of the space.
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