Okay, it's been restated: Vallejo. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18225799?source=most_emailed inShare Controversial Hollywood movie to begin filming in Vallejo By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen Vallejo Times-Herald Posted: 06/07/2011 05:59:54 PM PDT Updated: 06/08/2011 02:05:32 PM PDT Scenes from a film starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix that already has stirred controversy in Hollywood are being shot this month in Vallejo. While film industry websites say the as-yet untitled Paul Thomas Anderson feature film is loosely based on the late Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, a production company official denied that to a reporter. The spokeswoman also asked that specific filming locations for the movie not be published. A film industry website describes the project as "a 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as 'the Master' whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man." In denying any connection to Hubbard, Western Film Co., LLC's Joanne Sellar said, "It's a World War II drama. It's about a drifter after World War II." Sellar said work on the closed set will continue through June before the company returns to Los Angeles. The film is expected to open in late 2012, she said. "Adams will play the role of the wife of 'The Master' -- the Navy veteran character that will be played by Hoffman," one movie-related website offers. "There are reports that the role of Hoffman's right-hand man who becomes disillusioned with his faith will be played by Joaquin Phoenix." Sellar confirmed actresses Lena Endre and Laura Dern also are joining the cast, as reported on entertainment websites. One site notes the film "has Hoffman as a shaken war veteran who creates (a) religion in the '50s, which ... 'catches on with other lost souls.'" Scientology founder Hubbard served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and after his release from the hospital, founded the belief system in 1952, according to various movie industry websites. Meanwhile, several websites suggest some "important Hollywood Scientologists" object to the project, fearing it might reveal too much about the faith. Anderson's writing/directing credits include "Boogie Nights," "Punch-Drunk Love" and "There Will Be Blood." Solano County Film Office Liaison Jim Reikowsky of the Vallejo Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the Southern California-based film company contacted him for information on possible sites on Mare Island. Vallejo's Senior Community Development Analyst Annette Taylor said inquiries also were made about the possibility of filming on some city streets. "They called me and I sent some pictures and they came up in late April or early May," Reikowsky said. "I understand they needed some waterfront and some older buildings." Having a film shot in town is a positive for the city, Reikowsky said. "It's economic development -- they spend money in the community, money is being spent around town," he said. "It's not unlike the tourist who comes to your town. They're a guest and they leave some money behind. And if they build sets, they need materials, all that sort of thing." Besides the $150 permit for filming in the city, "a feature film can easily spend upward of $50,000 per day, though this production is likely smaller than that," Reikowsky said. In addition, filming also may be taking place in Crockett, where residents last week noticed about 40 large trailers parked on streets of the small Contra Costa County town. Many were carrying vintage vehicles used in filming on Winslow Street. The filming permit was issued by the county and lasts through Saturday night, said Dale McDonald, general manager of the Crockett Community Services District. So what is the production? McDonald said there has been no official disclosure, but neighborhood scuttlebutt is that it is the same feature about L. Ron Hubbard. The county filming permit is set to expire at midnight on Saturday, McDonald said.