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'Corner Gas: The Movie' starts filming in Regina and Rouleau, Sask.

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TORONTO - Production of "Corner Gas: The Movie" is pumping up.

Filming of the new movie based on the hit CTV show began Sunday in Regina and Rouleau, Sask.

The film reunites all eight original stars including Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson and Nancy Robertson.

Guest stars include Graham Greene of "Dances with Wolves," Reagan Pasternak of "Being Erica" and Will Sasso of "MADtv."

The movie picks up five years after the show left off with the gang from Dog River rallying to save the town from a devious corporate giant.

"Corner Gas: The Movie" is set to premiere in November with a Cineplex Front Row Centre Event at theatres across Canada before airing on The Movie Network, CTV and The Comedy Network. A Kickstarter campaign promoting fan engagement wrapped on June 18 and raised a whopping $285,840, nearly three times its $100,000 goal.

The film has an $8.5 million budget including funds from Bell Media, Telefilm Canada, Tourism Canada and Tourism Saskatchewan.

Executive producer Virginia Thompson has said the first $100,000 raised on Kickstarter will go to fan rewards such as a private premiere, autographed headshots and T-shirts, and the remaining money will be devoted to improving special effects and production values.

"The entire cast is back and we are all so thrilled to be shooting in Saskatchewan," Thompson said in a statement Monday. "We look forward to bringing our fans a Corner Gas movie they will cherish for years to come!"

"Corner Gas" was a runaway hit during its six-season run on CTV, with 3 million viewers tuning in for the series finale on April 13, 2009.

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