Filming of Willis movie
to close downtown streets

By Tim Ryan

Filming of an $80 million Bruce Willis movie will close several streets downtown tomorrow, Saturday and Monday.


The filming will take place in and around the U.S. Postal Service building and the state Supreme Court building, Ali'iolani Hale, which is surrounded by temporary fencing for the shoot's duration.

Mililani Street, between Queen and Merchant streets, will be closed starting at 1 p.m. tomorrow and not reopen until Monday at midnight. The filming will close King Street and its sidewalks between Richards and Punchbowl streets all day Saturday. Also, the mauka/Ewa-bound lane of traffic will be closed on Queen Street, between Punchbowl and Richards streets, from 6 p.m. tomorrow to midnight Monday.

There will still be access to the state Supreme Court offices, the Judiciary History Center and the main post office during normal weekday business hours.

With the exception of Saturday, there will be access to the Kamehameha Statue.

Also on Saturday, the bus stop on the corner of King and Punchbowl streets will be relocated to the Diamond Head side of the street, near Kawaiahao Church.

City bus services on King and Hotel streets will be detoured to Alakea and Punchbowl streets.

The untitled Revolution Studios film -- commonly referred to as "Hostile Rescue" -- is about a special-operations team, led by Willis and sent into the heart of Nigeria on a mission to rescue a doctor, played by Monica Bellucci. Neither Willis nor Bellucci will appear in the scenes shot over the weekend.

Part of the post office building's interior has been transformed to look like the Nigerian presidential palace for the movie.

The production completes all filming July 13.

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