MCTV joins HBO and many others in disappointment today, as we received news that the screen adaptation of Days of Abandonment has now been cancelled.
“Due to unforeseen personal reasons, Natalie Portman has stepped down from HBO Films’ Days of Abandonment prior to the start of filming,” HBO said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the production will not move forward. We are very sorry we won’t be able to bring this beautiful story to the screen with our talented writer/director and cast. We send our sincere thanks to our cast, producers, and crew for all their passion and hard work.”
In slightly more positive news, IF has reported that the Government funding ‘Days of Abandonment’ was to receive will now be reallocated. A spokesman for Minister Fletcher’s office said:
“After the producer of Days of Abandonment applied for and received funding under the Location Incentive program, the producer has now cancelled filming of this production since star Natalie Portman pulled out,” …“Accordingly, the government funding has been withdrawn and will be allocated to other productions.”
“There is a strong pipeline of projects seeking funding under the program and there will be more announcements coming soon.”
Any MCTV member who has been booked and cancelled at late notice will be paid in accordance with the terms of their agreement. We thank everyone who already dedicated time in preparation for this production.