Production of an upcoming Netflix series starring Breaking Bad-boy Giancarlo Esposito is underway on Long Island.
Last September, Netflix ordered up an eight-episode series for the heist drama “Jigsaw.” The plot revolves around the story of $70 billion dollars in bonds that go missing in downtown Manhattan amidst Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Esposito is best known for playing a restaurateur and drug kingpin in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and Netflix’s “Better Call Saul.” Along with Esposito, the series will star Paz Vega, Rufus Sewell, Tati Gabrielle, Peter Mark Kendall, Rosaline Elbay, Jai Courtney and Niousha Noor.
Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley confirmed last week that production of the series is underway at Corey Beach in Blue Point. The beach setting is being used to depict Folly Beach in South Carolina in the fictional series.
“They started moving equipment Wednesday night,” Foley told GreaterSayville. “And I think they were filming today, through the weekend and Monday.”
When the production company first approached the town, they expected filming to last seven to 10 days, Foley said.
Local filming was expected to begin earlier in January, with scene recordings also taking place at Lombardi’s on the Bay in Patchogue. However, the Village of Patchogue announced via a Facebook post on Jan. 5 that production in the village had been postponed for an undetermined date.
As of Friday, it remained unclear when or if the production will happen in Patchogue.
A production ‘oversight’
Foley said production in Corey Beach will not impact residential areas by way of traffic or similar concerns. However, local resident James Cush Jr., said he spoke to Foley regarding what the councilman described to him as “an oversight.”
Cush noticed the production team hung a temporary sign marking the area as Folly Beach in South Carolina over a Town of Brookhaven sign for the Courtney Lynn Blakeslee Memorial Pavilion.
Blakeslee, to whom Cush was married, passed away in 2010 after battling cancer.
After hearing from Cush, Foley said he spoke to the production manager Thursday. He said the production team apologized and said the temporary sign over the memorial would be removed when filming is not in progress going forward.
On Friday afternoon, there was no sign of active filming. There was a sole Folly Beach marker on another sign post, while the Courtney Lynn Blakeslee sign was uncovered as promised.
In a Facebook post Thursday, Cush proposed the production company make a donation to the Courtney Lynn Blakeslee Foundation, which provides financial support to children of terminally ill parents.
“We spoke to the production staff about a potential donation,” Foley said. “I think that’s definitely in the works.”