Flies into Battle Mountain
Kevin Costner Scouts Marigold Mine for Movie
By Steve F. Lyon
Battle Mountain Bugle
|A major Hollywood star backed by a major studio is scouting film locations in northern Nevada, including the Marigold Mine about 15 miles west of Battle Mountain in Humboldt County.|
| The personification of Tinseltown's
less glitzy side, Kevin Costner, who is slated to act in
and direct "The Postman," jetting in
unannounced Tuesday with a location crew for an up-close
look at the mine.
So clandestine was Costner's visit that only a handful of people showed up at the airport in Battle Mountain to meet the star. Costner and crew arrived from Burbank, California, at 8:45 a.m. and were quickly ushered into a van and shuttled to the site.
Nevada's Marigold Mine is only one of several locations in Oregon, Arizona and California currently being looked at by Costner's production company. The futuristic thriller would be made for Warner Bros. and is scheduled to begin shooting in March, sources close to the film said.
Officials with the state's film commission are keeping what they know about Costner's plans under wraps. Fearing a jinx this early in the game, they refused even to confirm Costner's visit. Tri-County Development Authority based in Winnemucca also is involved in recruiting the project.
Undoubtedly, they would like to woo the big budget production, which one TCDA official guessed could employ
employ 1,000 locals as
extras and pour upwards of $1.5 million into the economy.
could be partially shot
in northern Nevada.
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