Timeline Hits Another Production Snag

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Article Date: September 21, 2001 | Publication: IGN Movies | Author: Editors
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Further delays are in store for this time-travel flick.


Timeline, the movie based on acclaimed author Michael Crichton's latest novel, has hit yet another setback that may delay the film's theatrical release. Still in pre-production, this Richard Donner film just can't seem to get all its ducks in a row.

In our last Timeline article, we reported that poor weather and the threat of strikes had already delayed the production's European shooting schedule, and that things wouldn't get underway until spring. Much of this suspenseful, time-traveling adventure is set in 14th-century Medieval France, and the producers had planned to take advantage of the region's various castles and ruins for the film's backdrops.

IGN FilmForce has been told, however, that new problems will make filming in France next year impossible for the Timeline crew. No precise reason has been given yet for this cancellation of plans, but airline hassles and more strike threats have been proposed as possibilities.

Due to this change in plans, the Timeline team will have to settle with American locations for the entire film. Donner's location manager is currently scouting for suitable locations throughout the United States. To shoot the film without the benefit of real castles, the production crew will require forty acres of land on which to build Medieval village and castle sets.

Just how long principle photography and the film's theatrical release have been pushed back is not yet known. We'll keep track of things as they progress, so stay tuned!