Deadpool, the much-anticipated big screen adaption of Marvel comic’s “Merc with a mouth” lands in cinemas today. Starring local boy Ryan Reynolds and featuring a smorgasbord of Vancouver shooting locations, the film has helped to put the city in the limelight. But according to figures released today by the Motion Picture Association of Canada, it has also helped to boost B.C.’s economy to the tune of $40 million.
Shot over 58 days at locations across the province, the production employed more than 2000 local cast, crew and extras who earned a total of $19 million. The team behind Deadpool also spent $1 million on location costs, $735,000 on construction, $780,000 on transportation and $815,000 on hotels, catering and restaurants.
“British Columbia’s commitment to and partnership with the film industry supports jobs and economic growth throughout the province,” said Wendy Noss, President, Motion Picture Association-Canada. “The figures released today demonstrate just how many local workers, jobs, and businesses benefit from a single production, and why the industry is such a critical part of B.C.’s growing creative economy.”
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson also spoke out in support of the production’s positive impact on the local economy. “I have seen firsthand the enormous positive impact that productions like Deadpool have had on our city,” he said. “Film and television production continues to be a billion dollar industry here, and it is a growing contributor to Vancouver’s nation-leading economic growth.”
Deadpool is just the latest in a long line of film and TV productions which have chosen to shoot in Vancouver. Alongside popular TV shows such as Arrow and Bates Motel, upcoming movie productions include Power Rangers and The Maze Runner: Death Cure.