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Made in Michigan

Last night's premiere of the new ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7 was just the latest sign of the success of the burgeoning film industry in the state of Michigan. Although parts of the pilot episode were filmed in Atlanta, future episodes will be shot entirely on location in the Detroit area. The gritty police drama — which stars Michael Imperioli and James McDaniel — joins the HBO comedy-drama Hung — which although not filmed entirely in the area, is set here — in using the Detroit metropolitan area as a backdrop for interesting storytelling. These two programs join a growing list of films that were shot in Michigan over the last couple of years — several of which have already been released. The Michigan Film Office contains a complete list of films and TV shows that are either filming or have filmed in our state. These include Gran Torino, Whip It, Jumper, Youth in Revolt — which are all available on DVD — and Flipped which is in theaters now. Just some of the upcoming films that were filmed in and around the Detroit area in 2010: Real Steel (Hugh Jackman, Hope Davis), Salvation Boulevard (Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear) , The Double (Richard Gere, Topher Grace), Conviction (Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell), The Irishman (Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken), Answer this! (Christopher Gorham), Transformers 3 (Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel), Scream 4 (David Arquette, Courteney Cox) and Little Murder (Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard). They should all be in theaters in 2011 so be sure to catch them when they are!