Pop Goes The News — Production of visual elements for a new theme park attraction will be shot next month in Vancouver.
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is a 3D ride set to open next year at Universal Orlando Resort. It will replace an interactive ride based on the 1996 movie Twister.
Cameras are scheduled to roll from April 13 to 22.
Production of Race Through New York, based out of a small office at Renfrew St. and E. Broadway, is using the code name Project 727.
That’s the name Universal Orlando Resort used on a permit application at the park early last year.
Fallon made the official announcement about the ride last October on The Tonight Show.
“It’s scary, it’s fun, it’s exciting,” he said. “It’s insane. The technology is 3D. Moving things. It might even be 4D.”
Fallon joked: “On the way out, there’s a gift shop where you can buy a T-shirt for 200 bucks.”
Online, reaction has ranged from “doesn’t give good vibes” and “This sounds like a DUD in the making” to “If it could be funny and use an innovative ride system and can be enjoyed by the whole family, what’s not to like?”
Last October, Jason Surrell of Universal Creative promised the attraction will provide fans with “the full Tonight Show experience.”
Park-goers can pretend they are sitting inside Studio 6B at Rockefeller Centre, where Fallon will challenge them to a race through New York City.
“You’ll rocket through the streets—and skies—of New York City, from the deepest subway tunnels to the tallest skyscrapers,” Surrell teased on the official Universal Orlando Resort blog, “encountering colourful characters, famous landmarks and anything else that comes to Jimmy’s mind.”
In November, Fallon shared behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram of some of the motion-capture work he was doing for Race Through New York with Industrial Light and Magic.
The Tonight Show airs on NBC, which is owned by Universal. The show’s executive producer is Toronto-born Lorne Michaels.
The Vancouver production is being executive produced by B.C. native Shawn Williamson of Brightlight Pictures.
The project director is Universal Creative’s Donald MacLean, a graduate of Carleton University who worked in the live entertainment industry in Ottawa and Montreal — include the famed Cirque du Soleil — for decades.
Universal Orlando Resort’s Twister… Ride It Out was shut down last November after 17 years at the park. It replaced a Ghostbusters-themed attraction.