There’s more to the United Artists announcement on Friday night that the studio has postponed production on Oliver Stone’s Pinkville about the 1968 My Lai massacre because of the writers strike. Both Stone and scribe Mikko Alanne are WGA members and couldn’t make the revisions on a script which I’m told “needed a lot of work. UA didn’t want them to cross the line and neither did they,” an insider explains. That caused a lot of sturm und drang between Stone and star Bruce Willis, and I heard the two had strong words Thursday and Friday. Also, the cast and crew had been hired and a start date in Thailand set for December 10 for what was going to be a 3-month shoot. Some of the crew were already there and now the Thai government is being notified, sets struck, hotels reservations cancelled, etc. Talk about money out the window for a fledgling studio that’s part of a troubled major. This is the latest of a rash of films in retreat because of the strike despite careful planning by the major studios.
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