- MOTOR CITY
Every now and then a film will get pulled off the market when a financer gets cold feet. What doesn’t happen so often is when a movie is less than three weeks away from shooting when the plug is pulled and the entire crew is sent home.
According to Deadline, that is the case with director Albert Hughes' revenge drama Motor City, starring Gerard Butler, Mickey Rourke and Adrien Brody, as the film's producers realized the March 31 delivery date set by Warner Bros. for the movie didn't give them enough time for necessary post-production and have decided to shut the production down.
With plans to start filming on September 17, the film's backers Emmett/Furla Films, Envision Entertainment and Mark Damon’s Foresight, saw that it might be a problem finishing the movie in time for the release date set by distributor Warner Bros, which played a large factor in the film's international distribution deals. Unable to make the hard release date, the project was unable to secure a bond to move forward.
In the film, Gerard Butler was going to play a man who wants revenge on those who framed him and had him but right now, the producers are scrambling to work things out with the cast and crew and it's uncertain whether Warner Bros. will remain involved if they get back up and running.
This news is being reported by Deadline, who were able to get a statement from someone representing the producers on the shut-down:
“Faced with the realities of a very short post-production schedule and complicated visual and special effects, the producers have decided to push back production on Albert Hughes’ Motor City. We are dedicated to delivering top-tier productions such as 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg which is currently in production and Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor which is in pre-production. The circumstances surrounding this project made it impossible to meet the firm March 31st delivery date without compromising the quality of the film.”