COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Crews are completing their work on a feature film in Collier County. They're filming "Hybrids," a coming-of-age comedy that spoofs horror movies. And it stars a well-known actor as Dracula.
"I have wanted to play the vampire forever, I go around saying the famous Bella Lugosi lines, and now I get to do it," said Paul Sorvino, star of the movie.
"It is a comedy, about the offspring of Dracula and a witch, three generations in all. So, you have the themes of the children wanting to leave home, the parents wanting them to stay close, and those sorts of things," said Sorvino.
The film is being shot around the Ave Maria community near Immokalee. Writer/producer Tony Schweikle lives in Ave Maria, four months of the year.
"We are trying to hire local, Florida people for our crew, and training them so they will have skills for the next production crew to come here," said Schweikle. "I am familiar with the economic development aspects of the film industry, and it is a good thing. These are clean jobs, people come in, spend lots of money, and then leave. Great for the local economy. We need more in Southwest Florida," said Schweikle.
Sorvino is best known for his role in "Goodfellas", an iconic mob movie.
"That movie and role really cemented my image as the thug, the mob guy. That became my image, even though it is totally opposite of my real personality. I am an author and I sing opera, not at all a mobster," said Sorvino. "But Goodfellas does rank as one of the best movies of all time, I believe. It is one of the most popular of all time. It is astonishing how well it holds up now, even though it was done more than 20 years ago."
WINK News asked Sorvino, his impressions of Southwest Florida.
"Well, I am looking out for alligators and bears and cougars, or panthers, and 50-foot pythons! I feel like I should have a .357 magnum at my side," he said jokingly. "No really, this is a beautiful area."
Schweikle said he is lining up distribution for the feature-length film, which would be rated PG-13 to appeal to young people and families. A release date is not yet set.