Filming in Riverhead Town for “Leave the World Behind,” an upcoming Netflix movie starring Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke and Mahershala Ali is scheduled to end Friday. Shooting has been taking place this week in multiple locations throughout the bucolic area.
The Riverhead Town Board at its meeting on April 5 had granted the streaming service permission to use locations in Wading River and Calverton, including Hulse Landing Rd. between Sound Ave. and New York Route 25A; Sound Ave. between East Winds Dr. and Hulse Landing Rd.; Twomey Ave. between Sound Ave. and Youngs Ave.; and Horton Ave. between Reeves Ave. and Sound Ave. for the filming of scenes for “Leave the World Behind,” based on Rumaan Alam’s acclaimed Hamptons-set novel.
“It required road closures, so our PD is out there supervising that,” said Riverhead town attorney Erik C. Howard, who with deputy attorney Dan McCormick negotiated the agreement with Netflix Productions, LLC., for the drama written and directed by “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail. “The overnight staging area was at Splish Splash,” the Calverton water park that is currently closed for the season.
The scenes, at least one of them involving Hawke, evoke “that farmland look,” Howard said. “Once you get north of Route 58 it’s mostly open-space farmland.” He added, “From a municipal standpoint, we’re excited show off the beautiful scenery we have out here. We’re a very proud farmland community and happy to see that represented in a major motion picture.”
The film, which earlier this month added Kevin Bacon and Farrah Mackenzie to the cast, adapts Alam’s 2020 novel about a New York City couple who, with their two teens, are vacationing for a week in an Airbnb home in a remote part of Long Island. One night when a panicked Black couple arrives, saying they are the home’s owners and a blackout has afflicted the city, the visiting family is unsure what to believe. With TV, Internet and cell service all down in this rural enclave, an apocalyptic reality ultimately takes hold.
On April 4-5, filming took place in the Lloyd Neck section of the Village of Lloyd Harbor, both at the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve and on private property in the vicinity of Beach Drive and Soundview Drive North.
Two Netflix series previously shot scenes in Riverhead, Howard said. ” ‘Orange Is the New Black’ shot along our main street — we have a historic theater they wanted to get in the shot,” while season two of the Marvel Comics series “Jessica Jones” shot at the Long Island Aquarium.
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