The cable cars have not been running in San Francisco since the beginning of the pandemic. Yet the #60 Powell–Hyde cable car was spotted out Sunday, navigating a landscape of explosions and gunfire. This mayhem was all welcome, show business make-believe, though, as the Nash Bridges reboot continues filming in the Financial District, Embarcadero, and other neighborhoods.
The tweet above is from actual cable car operator Val Lupiz, so the new Nash Bridges is clearly bringing some San Francisco authenticity while getting the band back together. As SFist noted last month, the film shoot production has asked for (and received) permission to use official SF logos and insignia like police badges and transit logos.
Every day it feels like there's something new that's coming back to life in San Francisco.— London Breed (@LondonBreed) May 17, 2021
Businesses are reopening, more people are fully vaccinated and out on the town, and now filming in the City is ramping up again too.https://t.co/kWux8hIxLf
Mayor Breed popped by the film shoot on Sunday, to check out the lights, camera, and action, and to hobnob briefly with stars Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. “I’m so happy to have you guys back in San Francisco,” she told them, according to the Chronicle. “The city is alive again.”
But how about a better look at that explosion?
While the Chronicle describes the shoot as “the first major feature film to be shot in San Francisco this year,” that may be exaggerating the magnitude of a USA Network made-for-TV movie. But show business trade publication Screenrant notes that “The project is planned as a two-hour movie. But, if it’s successful, producers are hopeful that it could serve as the backdoor pilot for a full return [for the series].”
According to IMDB, the premise of the reboot is “Nash Bridges continues to run San Francisco's [Special Investigations Unit] in 2020 while confronting a changing city, a new boss, and a world in which police work focuses on modern data-crunching and predictive policing. Although the world around him has changed, Nash hasn't.” No air date has been announced for the two-hour special.