Robert De Niro Netflix Series Permitted To Film Crash In Westchester

RYE BROOK, NY — While there’s no guarantee that Hollywood A-listers will be coming to the Hudson Valley this summer, it’s a sure bet that their stunt doubles will be hard at work in the area.

During Thursday night’s Village of Rye Brook Board of Trustees meeting, one of the public hearing resolutions considered allowing the use of village streets and waiving restricted hours for the filming of a Netfix show.

According to the Netflix application to the Village of Rye Brook, they will be filming a limited series titled “Article Two” (also referred to as “Zero Day”), starring Robert De Niro.

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Netflix says that the limited series will be a six-episode conspiracy thriller, starring Robert De Niro, Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Plemons, Joan Allen and Connie Britton. The streaming service says that the series asks the question: “How do we find truth in a world in crisis, one seemingly being torn apart by forces outside our control? And in an era rife with conspiracy theory and subterfuge, how much of those forces are products of our own doing, perhaps even of our own imagining?”

According to Netflix, De Niro will be playing beloved former President George Mullen who comes out of retirement to lead a commission in charge of investigating a potential world crisis.

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“As a life-long fan of American cinema, no actor looms larger for me than Robert De Niro,” creator and executive producer Eric Newman told Netflix. “To have him as a producing partner and star in this show is beyond our wildest dreams.”

Subject to the final approval by the Rye Brook Police Department, the board unanimously approved the resolution on Thursday night to authorize Netflix to use Lincoln Ave. for filming preparation on July 5, 7, and 12; filming on July 10, 11, and 13; and restoration on July 14 and 17.

While the village code outlines the permissible hours of filming between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturdays, Netflix requested that the permissible hours be extended to allow filming and other operations to accomodate their needs. They specifically applied to use Lincoln Ave. for exterior filming between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on July 5 & 7, and from 6 a.m. on July 12 until filming is completed on July 13; between 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. on July 10 & 11, and 3 p.m. – 5 a.m. on July 13; and 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on July 14 & 17.

While the board approved the extended hours as written in the application for filming permission, it was made clear during Thursday’s meeting that if Netflix requires any changes in the hours of filming, they will need to re-submit their request to the board.

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In the scenes to be filmed in Rye Brook, according to Assistant Location Manager Sean McManus, the crossbucks at an intersection will fail to close, and a character in an Uber will be hit by an oncoming train. The producers said that there will be a daytime practical crash/stunt with real fire, smoke and special effects. There won’t be an actual train involved, so visual effects will be added in. There will also be a night scene with another character in an SUV who drives by the wreckage. This scene will involve car/train wreckage, EMTs, ambulances and police.

As shown in the maps, for the train/car collision, a full closure of the SUNY Purchase campus will be needed for day and night filming. Netflix is also requesting the ability to use Lincoln Ave., between King Ave. and West Loop, for stunt vehicles and to film emergency vehicles driving towards West Loop. The producers are also requesting Rye Brook police assistance for the Lincoln Ave. closure for safety between July 11-13.

150 cast and crew are expected to be involved in the filming. All equipment and parking of vehicles will be on the SUNY Purchase campus. Netflix said they would be working with the SUNY Purchase University Police Department, the Harrison Fire Department and their own safety personnel to ensure that the stunt will be done in the safest manner possible. The producers say they have already been in touch with the Westchester County Airport and the Westchester County Office of Film & Tourism to ensure that the airport will be fully informed of all filming details.

Netflix will also be working with the SUNY Purchase University Police Department for road closures on campus. They are already working with SUNY Purchase and Park2Fly for an alternate route though campus to the airport. The producers also said that they would reach out to the compost center to ensure that their vehicles can come and go with minimal disruption.

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