Godzilla is 'great opportunity' for Mexico City

By Elliot Bullman

Parts of Mexico City's historic centre have been closed to traffic as film crews shoot scenes for a new Godzilla film in the Mexican capital.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera says the fact that the capital has been chosen as one of the film's locations is "a great opportunity".

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will create around 2,000 jobs in Mexico and revenue for local businesses.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters will see the sci-fi monster battle "ancient super species" such as the giant moth Mothra and the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah in a sequel to the 2014 film Godzilla.

The film's producer Alex Garcia said that filming in Mexico City would "not only have an economic impact, but will also attract the world's attention".

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Mayor Mancera hopes the film will recreate the same positive impact that the James Bond film Spectre had.

Spectre proved so popular that Mexico City authorities decided to organise a parade inspired by the film and, after it drew large numbers of tourists, it is an annual event.

Producer Alex García said Mexico City offered "a unique look".

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Mayor Mancera said that the film would mean that "it's going to be thousands and thousands of screens where Mexico City will be on display".

However, it is not clear how much fans will see of the city before its streets are "destroyed" by Godzilla.

Hundreds of extras have been hired to run from the monster in one of the scenes to be filmed in the city and if previous Godzilla films are anything to go by, the monster rarely leaves a city intact.

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