Kevin Williamson-Wes Craven project Cursed delayed

BY Advocate.com Editors

August 06 2003 12:00 AM ET

Audiences waiting on edge for Wes Craven's latest directorial effort, Cursed--a new collaboration with his openly gay Scream writer, Kevin Williamson--may end up cursing the film's distributor, which has shut the production down. According to sources close to the production--described as a modern, hip twist on the classic werewolf tale--Dimension Films last month put Cursed on an extended hiatus with four weeks left on the shooting schedule. A spokesperson for the genre arm of Miramax Films said the hiatus was planned and concerned the addition of special effects because the filmmakers brought in more effects than originally planned as the film shot.

But sources further indicated that top executives at Dimension weren't happy with the film's ending or how the special effects were progressing, specifically the look of the film's lead werewolf. The project was then put back into a "development phase," during which all parties could agree on the final outcome, sources said. A source said Monday that all the kinks have now been worked out and a September restart is being eyed. It is unclear whether this might cause any problems with the availability of crew members or finding dates that would work for the film's ensemble cast, which includes Christina Ricci, Skeet Ulrich, Shannon Elizabeth, Omar Epps, and Scott Foley. The project was originally scheduled for a release this month when Dimension announced it last year. It began production in March.

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