For a condo market driven by real-estate speculators, the dark-building syndrome is a chronic worry in Miami — that condition where a new sold-out building looks empty once the sun sets and few lights come on.
Even Hollywood isn’t immune from the concerns. Residents of Miami’s Met 1 condo tower recently were asked to keep their lights on for several days in order to brighten up the backdrop for a big-budget filming in town.
“A request from Warner Brothers for the illumination of the skyline,” read the notice in the May newsletter for Met 1. “The scene will be filmed at night from the 14th floor of a neighboring building looking south on Biscayne Boulevard.”
The note appears to be a reference to Arms and the Dudes, a Warner Brothers movie starring Jonah Hill as one of three real-life Miami Beach stoners who end up becoming arms dealers for the U.S. government. It’s based on a book by Guy Lawson. Scenes are being filmed this month in Miami.
From the publisher’s synopsis: The dudes “bought cheap Communist-style surplus ammunition from Balkan gunrunners. The dudes then secretly repackaged millions of rounds of shoddy Chinese ammunition and shipped it to Kabul — until they were caught by Pentagon investigators and the scandal turned up on the front page of The New York Times.”
It’s a comedy, and Warner Brothers reportedly sees the film as something of a postcard for Miami. In passing on the request, Met 1’s newsletter invokes civic pride.
“It’s their belief that this will bring and create new fans for the city, contributing to a boost in tourism for the area,” the newsletter said. “The film dates are May 14th, 15th and 16th, and they ask that you please turn your lights on.”
A Warner Brothers spokesman was not immediately available for comment Saturday night.