Scenes filmed in Cape will appear in movie 'Killshot'

Saturday, June 9, 2007

"Killshot" director John Madden has confirmed scenes of Cape Girardeau are still in the movie.

"The key shots ... are there: an establishing shot from the top of the courthouse steps, a shot of Carmen looking out at the Mississippi, her car going over the bridge, the Cape Barge and Drydocks quayside, Wayne standing on top of the barge going upriver at twilight, etc. We even have the sequence in the empty diner with Richie and Blackbird, which we shot [in Cape Girardeau], but is standing in for Algonac [Michigan]," Madden wrote in an e-mail Wednesday.

Elmore Leonard, who wrote the novel on which the film is based, had the message posted on his Web site.

Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, a friend of Leonard, was made aware of the online statement through an e-mail from Leonard's research assistant, Greg Sutter.

Swingle attended the promotion for Leonard's latest novel in St. Louis last month where, according to Swingle, Leonard discussed his viewing of the nearly finished version of "Killshot" and said significant cuts and changes were made.

When Swingle left, he said, he was under the impression Cape Girardeau would only be used for background scenes and the city would not be mentioned by name.

"It's very good news that it wasn't as bad as we thought. A lot of extras are going to see themselves on the big screen after all," Swingle said.

Madden's message did not directly address whether the city's name would be used.

A release date has not been set, Leonard's Web site said.

tkrakowiak@semissourian.com

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