Filming in Vancouver: Fresh Off the Boat’s Ali Wong and Russell Park, Loudermilk, Critters, and more

Fresh Off the Boat’s Randall Park is in Vancouver shooting a new film he cowrote with his costar Ali Wong.

Get ready for some laughs in the near future as a fresh bunch of comedic projects are coming into town in this week’s roundup of what’s filming in town.

Two comedic Asian-American stars are here shooting a romcom in Vancouver. Meanwhile, a comedy TV series about a crankpot is back to shoot its second season. And a horror-comedy franchise from the 1980s is getting revived.

Beyond comedy, a docudrama about a dramatic period in recent tech history is finishing up production.

If you’re ready to find out what’s happening this week in Vancouver’s scene scene, let’s dive right in, shall we?

Ali Wong

Any fans of hilariously raunchy comedian Ali Wong out there?

If so, you might be thrilled to know that she and her Fresh Off the Boat costar Randall Park are in town to film an untitled romantic-comedy (which is also going by the working title of Always Be My Maybe), starting today (May 28) and continuing until July 6.

It’s directed by Nahnatchka Khan, who created Fresh Off the Boat based on the memoir by Eddie Huang.

Park and Wong cowrote this new project, about two childhood sweethearts who don’t see each other for a decade and a half. When they reunite as adults, Sasha (Wong) is a San Francisco celebrity chef who is opening her own restaurant while Marcus (Park) is a struggling musician living at home with his dad.

While they rekindle their romance, they face questions about how they fit into each other’s new lives.

In the meantime, we’ll be seeing more of Park and Wong on home screens as Fresh Off the Boat was renewed by ABC earlier this month for Season 5.

And here’s some more good news: if you need some more chuckles while you’re waiting for those projects to be aired, Wong’s latest standup special, Hard Knock Wife, was released on Netflix on Mother’s Day (May 13).

Ron Livingston

Speaking of TV series, Loudermilk returns to Vancouver to shoot its second season from July 5 to August 30.

Directed by Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About Mary), this dark comedy revolves around the irritable Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston), a recovering alcoholic and burnt-out music writer who has to overcome his own bad attitude to help others as a substance-abuse counsellor.

The cast includes Will Sasso, Laura Mennell, and Anja Savcic. And Vancouver plays Seattle.

Laura Mennell

A TV series that’s wrapping up is Valley of the Boom.

This docudrama, which began production on March 26 and finishes today (May 28), captures a pivotal historical period in the tech industry.

Directed by Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), this National Geographic series chronicles the rapid growth of Silicon Valley during the 1990s tech bubble—and how it went bust.

It’s an inside look at all the developments, deals, and decadence that transpired behind the scenes in this high-tech region of California. 

Lamorne Morris

The cast includes Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn, Lamorne Morris, John Karna, Dakota Shapiro, and Oliver Cooper.

As a sidenote, Zahn also shot the sci-fi TV series The Crossing last year in Vancouver. Unfortunately, some bad news: the series was cancelled by ABC earlier this month after its first season.

Steve Zahn

And now it’s time for a bit of a curve ball. Fans of ‘80s horror flicks may recall a 1986 feature film about small, furry aliens who invaded Earth and terrorized a small town, which was followed by three sequels.

After being released on home video, the movies gained a following.

And so now, anew entry in the horror-comedy franchise, Critters: The New Binge, is slated to shoot from May 28 to June 29.

Directed by Jordan Rubin (Zombeavers—yes, you read that right), this web series follows the critters, who are being pursued by bounty hunters, as they return to Earth to retrieve an offspring that they left behind.

The cast has yet to be announced but undoubtedly it will most likely include more than a few dust balls.

Critters

And on that quirky note, that’s it for this week but we’ll keep the news coming in the weeks to come on what’s happening on the streets of Hollywood North.

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