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Cash Woes Force Delay On Douglas And Zeta-Jones Project

25 September 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Production on Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas's movie Smoke & Mirrors has been indefinitely postponed - because it's going to cost them too much money. The Hollywood couple, who have a one-year-old son together, had already encountered problems with their project when movie-maker John McTiernan backed out of plans to direct the film in June, due to "insurmountable business differences." Deep Impact director Mimi Leder had been pencilled in to helm the project and was deemed as a potential savior, but now rising costs have become the new delaying factor. Douglas says, "It's become so expensive - way north of $120 million - that a lot of work will have to be done on the screenplay." Smoke and Mirrors is loosely based on the true story of reclusive French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, to be played by Douglas, who was called to French-controlled Algeria in 1856, with his assistant and lover Collette, to be played be Zeta-Jones, to debunk rumours that a man named Zoras Al Khatim was a powerful sorcerer. Houdin and Collette's mission was to show the Algerian nation how Khatim performed his stunts. A love triangle developed when, during their time in Algeria, Collette became attracted to an American expatriate, Captain Trey Darcy. »

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