The Film is Rooted in Real New York City Geography
I congratulate the team for making a New York movie that makes really good use of the city, and, with one small exception, seems pretty legit with its location geography.
"What's the one exception?!?" Koepp barks, practically leaping out of his chair.
"Who goes from Columbia University to Chinatown by going north on Broadway at 125th?"
"Ahhhhhh! That's the one shot! It's the only one!"
"And it's only a few blocks over, really," Levitt adds, taking one for the team.
"We needed that shot in there. Joe's flying down just as the subway is coming up out of the ground on the elevated track. It looks terrific."
"You weren't there that day," Levitt reminds Koepp. "That was 2nd unit, and you would have lost your mind, it was a straight down, it moves really fast."
"Yeah, that was all Joe doing that shot, but listen," Koepp adds, "we wanted locations that looked great, but were real. And were ones you haven't seen a thousand times. You don't need to see the Brooklyn Bridge again. These were real streets and, with that one misstep you caught, all the real locations from the story."