The life of Beach Boys co-founder and California native Brian Wilson gets the hometown treatment in “Love & Mercy,” a feature film produced by television veteran John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Southland”), Bill Pohlad (who is also the director) and Claire Rudnick Polstein.
The biographical drama is shooting in the Hollywood area as well as in various locations around Southern California. John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti co-star in the story of the legendary musician, songwriter and producer who helped create the iconic California sound that made the group famous in the 1960s -- before mental health battles sidelined him.
Other feature films scheduled to shoot locally include Jon Favreau's food truck comedy “Chef,” filming in Hancock Park, and the thriller “The Vatican Tapes,” filming in Eagle Rock, according to FilmL.A. data compiled by the Los Angeles Times.
The data cover filming on city and county streets as well as non-certified soundstages.
Feature film production in the Los Angeles area has been up slightly compared with this time last year. Local television production is also still up so far this year, about 15%, compared with the same period a year earlier.