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A Michael Keaton movie might be coming to Tampa

The production could turn MOSI into a studio for at least three months
Michael Keaton attends the LA premiere of Spotlight. [RICHARD SHOTWELL  |  Invision/AP]
Michael Keaton attends the LA premiere of Spotlight. [RICHARD SHOTWELL | Invision/AP]
Published Dec. 16, 2019
Updated Dec. 16, 2019

Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor Michael Keaton might be starring in and executive producing a movie in Tampa.

This week’s Hillsborough County Commission meeting agenda requests that a portion of the Museum of Science and Industry on Fowler Avenue be rented to a production titled Nothing Like the Son to be used for interior filming for three months beginning Jan. 2. The production can extend the rental for up to two months if needed.

Renée Frigo of Oak Street Pictures confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that the movie is hers but said it is too early to provide details.

According to Oak Street Pictures’ website, the movie written and directed by Eric Fleming will star Keaton. It’s about a teenager who “survives his senior year of high school alone and homeless, when his single mother is forced to return to Puerto Rico just before the devastating hurricanes of 2017.”

Keaton will portray “another survivor” and “a recovering addict who faces challenges with humor and an unorthodox wisdom” as he forges an “unexpected father/son relationship” with the teen, according to the website.

RELATED: MOSI the favored site as Hillsborough takes steps to establish film studio.

In September, the County Commission put aside $2 million from its BP Oil Spill Settlement funds to be used to potentially turn part of the 400,000-square-foot MOSI exhibit hall into a permanent film studio.

An official vote on the endeavor will be held after the Hillsborough County Film Commission completes a study on whether there’s demand for a large-scale production studio in the area.

Facing costs pressures amid declining attendance, MOSI left the main exhibit building behind and reopened in the smaller “Kids in Charge” building nearby.

According to this week’s County Commission minutes, the production needs “just under 10,000 square feet and associated parking.”

The county estimates it will not take no more than $15,000 to prepare the space for production purposes. That includes moving supplies stored in that area. It will cost $5,000 a month to rent the space. Those fees will be deducted from the film’s approved production incentive allotment.

The county can provide productions up to 10 percent back on what is spent locally. The county predicts the Keaton movie will spend more than $1 million in Hillsborough.

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