Ron Howard’s Da Vinci Code sequel, Angels & Demons, and Oliver Stone’s Pinkville were shelved during the weekend because scribes can’t finish writing the scripts during the strike, according to Variety.
Though Akiva Goldsman worked for more than a year on Sony’s sequel to “The Da Vinci Code,” the “Angels & Demons” script still had problems when Goldsman was forced to put down his pencil. Goldsman had been rewriting until the strike deadline to make a February production start on the Vatican-set thriller.
Sony, which had set a Christmas 2008 release date for “Angels & Demons,” has pushed the pic’s release back to May 15, 2009.
“While the filmmakers and the studio feel the screenplay is very strong, we do not believe it is the fully realized production draft required of this ambitious project,” a Sony rep said. “We do not expect any other film on our 2008 slate to be affected.”
Stone was just about to get under way in Southeast Asia in early December when UA unplugged “Pinkville,” a drama about the investigation of the My Lai massacre in 1968. The film was to star Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Woody Harrelson, Xzibit, Michael Pitt and Toby Jones.
Pic was shelved because neither Stone nor screenwriter Mikko Alanne would be able to hone the script any further, since each is a Writers Guild of America member. Stone is a filmmaker accustomed to making changes throughout production, and that was not an option with a strike going on.
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the WGA are resuming negotiations on Nov. 26.