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Gerard Butler's film Motor City has been put on hold

Gerard Butler's film Motor City has been put on hold

Gerard Butler's film Motor City has been put on hold

Gerard Butler's new movie Motor City has reportedly been put on hold.

The 300 star - who was due to play a man who gets out of prison and sets out for revenge against those who framed him - and castmates including Mickey Rourke and Adrien Brody, were due to start working on the film this month, but Deadline reports that it has now been halted and the crew have been sent home.

It seems the film stalled when its backers realised that the release date of March 31 would be impossible to meet. Production was set to start on September 17, meaning the film could only have 12 weeks of post production, which wasn't enough time.

The release date was linked to the foreign distribution deals made for the revenge drama, so those deals would apparently need to be reworked.

However, it seems all isn't lost for Gerard and co, as Motor City could be revved up again in the future.

A spokesperson for the producers and financiers said: "Faced with the realities of a very short post-production schedule and complicated visual and special effects, the producers have decided to push back production on Albert Hughes' Motor City."

The representative added: "The circumstances surrounding this project made it impossible to meet the firm March 31 delivery date without compromising the quality of the film."

PA Media