A sequel to Last Ferry, the Fire Island-set indie murder mystery that was released on Netflix last year, is slated to begin filming on the barrier beach next month, the director says.
Myles Wyatt Clohessy, the Manhattan-based actor and model who played antagonist Raphael in the original, is directing the film, a horror titled Fire Island. As with the first movie, it will be both set and filmed in Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines, the two LGBT resort communities on the island.
“Unlike many movies which are shot in locations different from what they are represented to be, these two fiction productions are real and true,” Clohessy said. “Based on the audience reception, several credentialed producers including four-time Emmy winner Jared Safier, have come forward to take Last Ferry II being re-named Fire Island to the next level. What was initially a drama and thriller will evolve into horror.”
The original follows a young gay lawyer from New York City played by Ramon Torres who travels to the island seeking the area’s notorious party scene but arrives in the desolate offseason, gets drugged and witnesses a murder. A stranger helps him to safety, but he soon discovers his savior is friends with the killer, Rafael, who torments Joseph through several tense scenes.
“The perfect summer vacation quickly spirals out of control for a group of friends on the infamous, picturesque party getaway of Fire Island as they find themselves caught in a web of sex, lies and cold blooded murder,” states the film’s synopsis on IMDb.com
Joining Clohessy in the cast and crew are prominent Irish actor Timothy V. Murphy (Quantico, True Detective, and Hawaii Five-O) and Clohessy’s father, Robert Clohessy (Oz, Boardwalk), best-known for his role as NYPD Detective Sid Gormley on the CBS Network long-running hit, Blue Bloods. There is actor Kresh Novakovic (Last Call), award-winning producer Rob Simmons, and Ante Novakovic, a veteran of more than 60 feature films.
Clohessy recently wrapped up a Christmas movie comedy Christmas Vs. The Walters, starring alongside actors Bruce Dern and Chris Elliot. That movie was filmed on the North Shore of Nassau County.
He has also been shooting Glow and Darkness, a new television series in Spain where he is a cast regular opposite Jane Seymour and Denise Richards. Playing Walter of Brienne, he appears to be in most, if not all, of the first 17 episodes about Medieval struggles between kings, emperors, sultans, and popes.
As for Fire Island, he hopes the weather will be more cooperative than it was for part one.
“When we shot the first movie, it was damn cold on Fire Island during the spring,” Clohessy recalls. “We really had to act as if we were really soaking up the sun in the prime of the summer. I am hoping that this May comes in warm.”