Earlier this month we shook our heads over the fact that Brooklyn (Nick Hornby’s film adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name) was actually filming in Montreal. But you can’t fake Coney Island (even if Zamperla has tried!) and the production is now coming stateside, presumably to film the scene in which a blond Italian seduces the book’s Irish-immigrant heroine, Ellis, by taking her to Coney.
We spotted signs announcing a Wednesday shoot next to the Cyclone, which looks pretty much the same as it did in the 1950s (the book’s setting). But how are they going to do justice to that other venerable rollercoaster of the time, The Thunderbolt? The wooden coaster that famously sat atop the house from Woody Allen’s Radio Days was, of course, demolished in 2000. A new coaster with the same name is being built as we speak, but as you can see from the photos we took yesterday afternoon, it’s steel. And it’s friggin orange.
Zamperla says the 125-foot-tall coaster — expected to open for the summer season — will travel at 65 miles per hour across 2,000+ feet of track.
Here’s a model of the finished thing: