Gerard Butler movie “Motor City” has been put on hold.
Crews on the film, which was expected to get underway within the month, have been told to go home.
Deadline reports that a rushed production schedule is the cause of the cancellation.
Insiders tell me that Motor City stalled after the film’s backers, Emmett/Furla Films, Envision Entertainment, and Mark Damon’s Foresight Entertainment, realized at the last moment that the release date given them by Warner Bros through its deal with Joel Silver’s Dark Castle turned out to be a drop dead date. Production was to start September 17th, meaning the film could only have 12 weeks of post production. It wasn’t enough time. They needed that studio release to justify all of the foreign distribution deals made for the film by Damon. As a result, they could not secure a bond and couldn’t move forward.
The site has been informed that the powers-that-be still want to make the picture, but not in it’s current state.
The revenge thriller, directed by Albert Hughes, was to star Butler, Mickey Rourke and Adrien Brody.