UsWeekly reports that production on Heath Ledger’s film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” has completely shut down and crew members were let go. Heath was photographed above on the London set this past weekend. Production had moved to Vancouver this week where they were going to start blue-screen work for the next few months.
A source said, “We were supposed to start this weekend, but obviously they fired everyone today. They don’t know yet what they are doing with the footage that was already shot.”
Terry Gillian was directing the $30 million film. It also starred Tom Waits, Christopher Plummer and Lily Cole. It’s the story of an ancient travelling show which arrives in modern London with a magical mirror that can transport its audience into fantastical realms of the imagination. Christopher played the title role and Heath played a mysterious outsider.
This isn’t the first movie that has completely shut down for Terry. In 2000 production shut down on The Man Who Killed Don Quote starring Johnny Depp after one of the stars fell ill.
Heath was also working on making his directorial debut on “The Queen’s Gambit.” Ellen Page was in talks to take the lead role.
Warner Bros. has announced that The Dark Knight will keeps its release date of July 18th. Sources say that marketing was going to revolve around Heath’s character, so that is being reworked.
The producers of Imaginarium have yet to issue a statement about the film’s future, but you can guarantee it’s done. Heath’s involvement helped get most of the film’s financing together.