Plans in works for `Homicide' headquarters

May 25, 1999|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC

"Homicide: Life on the Street" may have been canceled, but a new television production may soon begin filming in the same Fells Point location.

Baltimore housing officials have scheduled a news conference today to announce that the Rec Pier in Fells Point -- the red brick building on Thames Street that was used until recently as the main production facility for the TV drama "Homicide" -- will continue to be available for filmmaking.

One possible project, industry representatives say, is a proposed six-hour HBO mini-series based on "The Corner," an account of addicts' lives by David Simon and Edward Burns that was published in 1997. Simon also wrote the book on which "Homicide" was based.

Simon, a former Sun reporter who would be the executive producer, could not be reached yesterday for comment on the project's status.

John Wesley, a housing department spokesman, declined to confirm whether "The Corner" will be the next series produced at the Rec Pier, but he promised "there will be some other production uses" between June 30 and Dec.31, 1999. The city-owned building, which served as the police headquarters in "Homicide" and contained the show's sets and soundstages, is under lease until the end of the year to a group headed by producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.

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