Saturday, June 18, 2005

A New 'WB' Studio in Oakland?

My mom called and told me about this before it was news. Just saw this on IMDB:

Wayans Brothers Plan Oakland Theme Park and Movie Studio

Comedian brothers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans have hatched plans to open a theme park and movie studio on the site of California's old Oakland Army Base. The site has sat vacant for almost the entire eight years since the military moved out. And now a plan recently endorsed by the Community And Economic Development Committee will allow Oakland to negotiate exclusively for a year with the Wayans brothers. Keenen Ivory says, "We see Oakland as a sleeping giant. We want to get in early before everyone realizes how great it is." A representative for the family says the brothers are "very, very serious" about transforming the site into a movie studio surrounded by attractions, shops and a hotel. It is widely believed that the project will potentially restore residents' pride in the city and reduce poverty and crime.


The Wayans brothers are very saavy businessmen and a true inspiration to Shawnee and I (The Gibbs Sisters) ; D. Oakland has been a virtually untapped resource for the film industry for years. I was but a wee intern at the Oakland Film Commission when there was talk of the Wachowski brothers filming scenes for the Matrix series in Oakland. But we've been marvelling at our city on film for years: The Principal, Poetic Justice, Made In America, True Crime and that 70's classic The Mack come to mind.

Go Oakland!!!