July 09, 2003
Untitled Meyers Project Surrenders

PARIS, July 9 (AFP) - A new film starring Keanu Reeves and Jack Nicholson was halted mid-shoot in Paris this week when hundreds of striking arts workers closed down the production.

Around 650 demonstrators stormed the set on one of the bridges in the middle of the city late Tuesday as a protest against French government plans to change their unemployment benefits regime, police said.

Nicholson tried in vain to negotiate with them, but they refused to move away, a person working on the film said.

US director Nancy Meyers, who previously made "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson, was part-way through the 12-day shoot in Paris when the incident occurred.

It was uncertain when the production - which was employing 300 French extras and technicians and which was injecting EUR 4 million (USD 4.5 million) into the city's economy - would be able to continue.

The striking arts workers have already forced the closure of many of France's summer festivals and have interrupted shows, films and television programmes to press their demands.

The French scenes being filmed by Nicholson, Reeves and actrees Diane Keaton were to go into a romantic comedy Meyers is making that is also set in New York City and the Hamptons.

The as-yet-untitled production is about a middle-aged music executive (Nicholson) used to dating much younger girlfriends, who, while recovering from a heart attack, falls for the mother of his latest conquest. Reeves plays his doctor who becomes a rival in the romantic triangle.

It was scheduled to be released in the United States on December 12, but the French strike could delay that, especially as such interruptions are not generally covered by movie insurance.

The Paris scenes were meant to have been wrapped by July 11.


More on this story also at Yahoo News.

cinema | from inside the mind of krix at July 09, 2003 08:59 AM .

Jack trying to use his smarmy charm to "negotiate" with an angry french mob?!


Posted by: krix on July 9, 2003 09:09 AM

Maybe if he had his golf club...

c'est la bummere.

Posted by: Chianti on July 9, 2003 09:27 AM

Sorry for trouble but sometimes we have to fight for a right cause !
It's again the battle between the "majors" and the "independents".
The State don't want to see where are the real robbers : the big TV Chanels or Majors.


Posted by: Lutine on July 9, 2003 12:04 PM

Well done minions - I paid you well...:)

Posted by: Keanuette on July 9, 2003 12:30 PM

Anything that keeps another Keanu movie from hitting the screen is not a good thing.

Posted by: Tyler on July 9, 2003 01:44 PM

they doomed it from the start, when they failed to give it a name. what's wrong with "the young doctor" or "beauty before age", something to that effect?

Posted by: lori on July 9, 2003 04:32 PM
What's on your mind?.....
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