Stiller, star in the upcoming film Zoolander, one of several films that will edit
out shots of the World Trade Center.|
People stars Pacino
as a New York City publicist, and features the World Trade Center in scenes in
which he heads to the financial district to buy drugs. The twin towers are shown
sidewise in one scene - a shot used to convey a post-binge Pacino waking up from
a rough night of booze and pills. The surreal shot, which was used to show his
state of mind, is now "completely inappropriate," producer Leslie Urdang
"It is an abstract, highly stylish shot that is completely inappropriate
and will be removed from the film," said Urdang. "We've known in our
minds [that] that and some other shots of the landscape would have to be reviewed,
but this is the first day we've gotten a chance to look at it."
on the film will have to wait: the director and his film were both displaced by
the terrorist attacks Sept. 11. Miramax won't release the film until next year.
In the meantime, Urdang says the studio will "carefully assess the impact
of each scene."
Another film that is undergoing cutting - and a release
date change - is the million sci-fi update The Time Machine, starring Guy
DreamWorks' marketing chief, Terry Press, tells the New York Post
that even before Tuesday's horrific events, the studio had planned to move the
film from Christmas 2001 to Feb. 2002, in order to give it some breathing space
at the box office.
In light of the tragedy, the studio has decided to re-edit
a scene showing moon rocks raining on Manhattan. "There was no destruction
of landmark buildings or anything like that," Press said, "but it's
easy to take out."