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Strike Threat Silences Sound

Actor Pierce Brosnan has asked for another rewrite of A Sound of Thunder, a science-fiction thriller to be directed by Renny Harlin. However, due to time constraints posed by the potential actors and writers strike, filming has been delayed indefinitely. The script was written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, but producers didn't believe the rewrite could be finished fast enough for film, which was to have begun April 16 in Montreal, Canada, to complete shooting before the July 1 SAG strike deadline.

 Warner Bros. will handle domestic U.S. distribution for the $80 million film, which is based on a 1952 short story by Ray Bradbury. Brosnan will play a big-game hunter who using time travel to go on a dinosaur safari. Unfortunately, he also kills a butterfly by accident, which changes the course of history.

Executive producer Nick Clermont said everyone is confident the film will be made but that Brosnan may or may not be available. Brosnan is scheduled to shoot the next James Bond film either this summer or after the strike ends, whichever comes first. Filming for Thunder would have to work around that.

"It's one of those facts of life. You just have to deal with it," said Clermont. "I'm confident this will eventually go. Where there's a will, there's a way. But it's disappointing." 

The delay is yet another blow for Montreal's film production business. This was the fourth major U.S. film that were scheduled to shoot there. Harrison Ford's submarine thriller, K-19: The Widowmaker, switched location from Montreal to Toronto and Halifax when producers couldn't find adequate studio space in Montreal. Stuart Little II was supposed to shoot in Montreal, Los Angeles and New York, but the
filmmakers decided to save money by eliminating Montreal. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, to be directed by Bryan Singer and star George Clooney and Johnny Depp, failed to gain adequate financing and was shelved. One major Hollywood film is currently in production in Montreal: Paramount's The Sum of All Fears, based on the Tom Clancy novel and starring Ben Affleck as Jack Ryan.