After a very chaotic pre-production phase Motor City, starring Gerard Butler, has succumbed to its own dysfunction. In a report from DeadlineHollywood, production came to an abrupt end and the crew was told to go home.
Emmett/Furla Film insiders told Deadline that Motor City stalled after its producers were unable to meet a due date set by Warner Bros. Production was set to begin next month on the 17th, meaning that the film would only have 12 weeks of post-production. Given the fact that the film has a high content of visual and special effects, 12 weeks was just not enough time.
A spokesman from Motor City confirmed the shut down saying:
“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.”
Producers said that they still want to make the movie, but they’re going to do a complete overhaul to stream line production in the future.
Butler would have played a man recently released from prison, seeking revenge against those who framed him and put him in jail, according to IMDB’s synopsis.
Albert Hughes was set to direct, and Mickey Rourke and Adrien Brody were hired as co-stars.