Date: 8th March 2001
PIERCE BROSNAN's new movie A SOUND OF THUNDER has become the first victim of the potential Hollywood strike.
Filming was due to start in Canada on 16 April (01) but has now been postponed. A request for a script re-write meant that the production would run beyond THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD's (SAG) 1 July (01) strike deadline. But the film's executive producer, NICHOLAS CLERMONT, is confident that A Sound Of Thunder will still be made. Clermont says, "It's one of those facts of life. You just have to deal with it. I'm confident this will eventually go... but it's disappointing."
However, the change of scheduling could throw doubt over Brosnan's future involvement, since he is due to film his next JAMES BOND adventure when the strike ends. This incident gives the clearest indication yet that the threatened strikes by the SAG and THE WRITER'S GUILD OF AMERICA would have a marked impact on the number of films hitting screens early next year (01).
A Sound of Thunder is based on a RAY BRADBURY short story about a hunter who accidentally kills a butterfly, setting off a chain of events that could change the course of history. (RP/WNWCAN/KW)