The past month in Hoboken can be largely characterized by sightings of Blake Lively + Justin Baldoni, two stars who had taken up residency in town to film the upcoming movie “It Ends With Us.” Since we broke the news in early May, locals have visited the 10th + Bloomfield filming location to snag photos and selfies with the stars — but at the same time, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Strike continued to build steam. As of June 16th, the Colleen Hoover novel-turned-film has officially halted production due to the ongoing WGA strike. Read on for the latest updates on “It Ends With Us” in Hoboken.
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‘It Ends With Us’ Indefinitely Halts Production
On Thursday, June 15th, the decision was made to halt production of “It Ends With Us” until “the resolution of the WGA strike,” per Deadline. Accordingly, the reason for the film’s halting was “an inability to persuade the WGA that the co-financing status of Wayfarer Studios was enough to consider that the production was within WGA guidelines…” This decision comes nearly two months after the WGA writer’s strike began (May 1st), and after “WGA picketing at the film’s set was thwarting production,” per NJ.com.
As of now, it’s unclear when the WGA strike will reach a resolution, and subsequently unclear if or when “It Ends With Us” will resume production anytime soon. For now, keep reading for a complete timeline of “It Ends With Us” in Hoboken.
Timeline of ‘It Ends With Us’ in Hoboken
On May 4th, readers shared updates from their buildings in Hoboken with us — with one building’s notification sharing details about the film shoot at the Hudson Tea buildings. As it turns out, this film crew was actually for a movie called “Relay,” starring Lily James, Sam Worthington, and Riz Ahmed, per Deadline.
However, Colleen Hoover’s novel-turned-film “It Ends With Us” started filming in Hoboken on 10th + Bloomfield, with the project originally wrapping up its Hoboken set on Friday, May 12th, though the project remained in Hoboken through June.
On May 12th, Patch reported that Hoboken’s Field Colony art gallery was transformed into “Maya + Maxim, a homey-looking shop” on Thursday, May 11th. In the novel, the protagonist Lily opens a flower shop called Lily’s Blooms — while we’re unclear what role Maya + Maxim will play in the movie, we’re excited to find out.
Patch also reported that after the film’s Hoboken stint, the crew will be headed to Chatham, New Jersey, next week, though the production is headquartered in Jersey City.
The book follows a girl named Lily who has just moved and is ready to start her life after college. Lily then meets Ryle, falling for him. As she develops feelings for Ryle, Atlas, her first love, reappears and challenges the relationship between Lily and Ryle.
The motion picture stars Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni.
“The fact that we are now discussing a movie that’s made from a book that was loosely inspired by my mother is bittersweet,” Hoover said. “Anyway, didn’t mean for this to turn into a sobfest. Our Lily is going to be played by Blake Lively. Blake Lively, y’all. She’s my dream Lily,” Colleen shared on her Instagram.
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Regarding Justin Baldoni’s casting, she explained, “I just thought that he had what it takes to play that character,” she said. “The good news is he’s gonna be Ryle. So we have our Ryle and our Lily.”
“I think that Justin Baldoni and Blake Lively have what it takes to bring these characters to life,” Hoover added after revealing the two as being cast for the roles.