There will be a parking ban in a portion of downtown Orono next week to accommodate filming for a new Stephen King documentary.
The ban will last throughout the day Monday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the town. No parking will be allowed on Mill Street — Orono’s primary downtown drag — between Main and Pleasant streets. The alley that connects Mill Street to the town’s municipal parking lot off Pine Street will also be closed to parking.
The town issued warnings about the impending parking ban due to filming earlier this week on social media and its website. The warning has left many wondering what exactly was being filmed in town.
Crews working on the documentary “King on Screen” will film in town on Monday, according to Rob St. Louis of the Orono Fire Department.
The documentary is a 90-minute production that will feature directors who adapted King’s books into movies, according to the film’s crowdfunding campaign.
So far, the cast list includes Frank Darabont, who directed “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Green Mile” and “The Mist.”
Other featured directors include Zak Hilditch, the director of Netflix’s film adaption of King’s novella “1922”; Taylor Hackford, director of “Dolores Claiborne”; and Mick Garris, who has written, directed and produced a number of King adaptations. Garris was also the co-executive producer of the 1993 comedy-horror film “Hocus Pocus.”
The point of the documentary is to seek out stories and other points of view as an “exciting tribute” to King and his deep knowledge of the human psyche, according to the film’s crowdfunding campaign.
The portions of the film being shot in Maine will be part of the film’s introduction, according to the campaign.
While Mill Street parking will be a no-go, through traffic can still travel on the street and parking will still be available in the town’s municipal lot off Pine Street.