The film version of Norman MacLean's short story "A River Runs Through It," directed by Robert Redford, will be shot in Montana this summer, state commerce officials said Monday.
Livingston, Bozeman, Seeley Lake and the Blackfoot River will serve as backdrops for MacLean's poignant tale of fly-fishing and family memories, set in pre-World War II western Montana."We are doubly pleased to have this film shooting in the state, because the content of the movie is so close to the hearts of many Montanans," Gov. Stan Stephens said in a press release.
MacLean, an English professor at the University of Chicago who grew up in Missoula, earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for the story. He died last August at age 87.
Livingston will serve as headquarters for much of the moviemaking, said Lonie Stimac, director of the Montana film office. Local officials said the filming could mean a multimillion-dollar boost for the Bozeman and Livingston economies.
Redford is co-producing the film with Patrick Markey, who recently made the movie "Stacking" several years ago near Lavina, north of Billings. "Stacking" was a touching story about a Montana farm girl who sets out to make enough money to save her family's farm by stacking hay.
The film has a budget of about $10 million, he said.