Hollywood filming on track in Blackpool

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All is on schedule with filming on the Prom, despite Blackpool being battered by winds and rain for the past two days.

The resort thoroughfare is closed this week as scenes are shot for director Tim Burton’s latest project Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

Initial plans from the production company 20th Century Fox said the crew was ‘at the mercy’ of the British weather, and that additional closures next week could be necessary.

American filmmaker Mr Burton is in town, along with star Samuel L Jackson, to film a ‘stunt’ at the Tower, Prom and North Pier.

But reports that Mr Burton was injured on set have been denied, although he did attend A&E - with a sprained finger.

The film crew’s unit publicist said: “Regards to the rumours going around about an accident on set, they are completely fabricated.

“Mr Burton simply had something minor checked and nothing happened on set. He has a sprained finger that he had checked out and everything was fine.”

She confirmed that the filming schedule is all ‘going according to plan’, despite the weather.

The film’s cast is a Hollywood A-list – featuring Samuel L Jackson, Dame Judi Dench, Eva Green, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Stamp and Rupert Everett.

The Promenade is closed between Church Street and Adelaide Street West until 8am on Saturday, while trams are being split into north and south services between 6am and 3pm today, tomorrow and Friday.

If the weather does not allow completion of the project, further closures, with the same specifications, could run into next week with backup filming days scheduled between 9.30am on Monday, May 11 and 8am on Saturday, May 16.

Based on Ransom Rigg’s book, the story follows orphaned Jacob after a horrific family tragedy as he finds clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a mysterious island.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is due out in March 2016.