What happens when all pre-production of a big budget film has been planned and scheduled, and suddenly the actor walks out of the film? Obviously, the producer will be left fuming, practically pulling out his hair. This doesn’t just happen in Bollywood. Actor Keanu Reeves has been blasted by a movie producer, Avi Lerner, for walking away from movie The Detail due to a ‘scheduling conflict’.
Everything was in place, crew hired, script revised, and scouting had begun for other artistes. Even the shooting schedule was planned in South Africa from October till end of December. The producer/financier at Endurance Media was involved along with Millennium in financing the project.
Suddenly, the Millennium founder and chairman Avi Lerner got the call that Reeves was not going to do the film.
Reeves representatives claim that there was no closed deal. His lawyers claimed that casting contingency was one of the open deal points so every deal point was not agreed upon, and they did not have signed paperwork.
But Avi Lerner counters his claims: “I’m employing a hundred people in South Africa and the director is there, and we are hiring people, and we agree with him on all the creative things on this movie and then he just walks away.” Asked how much was spent on the pre-prod, Lerner said he wasn’t sure but knows it was over a million dollars.
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