The Hughes Brothers have been in the biz since their entry with Menace II Society in 1993, but in almost 20 years, they’ve only produced/directed 5 feature films; the last one being The Book Of Eli in 2010.
Most recently, the pair was attached to helm (Albert was to direct) a live-action adaptation of Akira, but eventually moved on thanks to creative differences with the studio (Warner Bros).
Allen recently wrapped production on Broken City with Mark Wahlberg starring; the movie is scheduled for a Januarty 2013 release. However, Albert, who was scheduled to begin principal photography on Motor City, with Gerard Butler starring, on September 17, hasn’t been so lucky.
First, the film had already gone through a casting carousel, since it was first announced a year ago, until Gerard Butler and Adrien Brody settled in to star in it; and now, it was reported over the weekend that production on the film has been halted by producers, as crew members were sent home, because the studio (also Warner Bros) gave them a delivery date that they just could not meet.
Foresight Entertainment, one of the backers of the film, said that, with a shooting start date of September 17, it would’ve been impossible to deliver a completed product by March 31 (Warner Bros requested delivery date), given how much post-production work would have to be done (“complicated visual and other special effects work“); at least, it would be impossible to meet that deadline without compromising the quality of the film, so they effectively shut down production.
Motor City, which is based on a 2009 Black List script, and is described as “a revenge film about a small time crook who is framed and sent to jail only to go after those who put him there upon release.“
Joel Silver is producing through his Dark Castle production company, along with Andrew Rona, Ethan Erwin, Randall Emmett and George Furla.
All parties involved still want to get the film made, so it may now just be a matter of when, not if.