After working with Kristen Stewart on Clouds of Sils Maria, director Olivier Assayas was finally set to make his biggest-profile feature yet with Idol's Eye, a crime drama starring KStew's ex, Robert Pattinson, as well as Hollywood heavyweights Robert DeNiro, and Rachel Weisz.
But now, disappointingly, just as filming was about to start, the production has been called off entirely and the shoot has been shut down. Here's what was said in the official statement:
Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled IDOL’S EYE. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing the production. This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing a number of financing criteria deadlines that were mutually established by all parties, we were left with no other options. Benaroya Pictures plans to retain the rights of the film and move forward with production on the picture after we generate a revised script and assemble a new filmmaking team.
It's too bad they miscalculated their abilities in regard to fundraising for this film, it sure sounded good on paper.
The movie was said to be inspired by the true story of a crew of thieves who try to rob a pawn shop, only to learn it's a front for a brutal crime boss. I feel sorry for Assayas and for myself, too. Idol's Eye sounded like it could have been very interesting: a European approach to such an American theme. Not a standard 'gangster' movie, I suppose...
Would you like to have seen Idol's Eye?