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Roland Joffe's "Singularity", starring Josh Hartnett, in administration...

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Comment by Camino on March 15, 2012 at 9:28pm

Singularity may be set for more filming, claims Bipasha Basu

Troubled UK-Australian co-production Singularity may be set for further filming later this year, according to one of the Bollywood stars who appears in the film.

Bipasha Basu recently told the Indian media that she had spoken to director Roland Joffé and further filming was set for April.

“I have always maintained that Singularity isn’t in major financial trouble,” she recently told the Hindustan Times. “I met Roland some time ago and he was excited. I’ve two days of shooting left, which I will complete in April, then we will work on promotions, so financial issues don’t figure at all.”

The company behind the $28 million production, Singularity Productions, remains in liquidation owing an estimated $1.5 million to third-party creditors. Worrells Solvency & Forensic Accountants, which has been managing Singularity Productions since last October, held another meeting of creditors this week in Brisbane.

One source said further shooting may take place in Malta although no-one is certain.

Australian producer Grant Bradley said he was not aware of plans for further filming although discussions were continuing. Worrells partner Michael Griffin also said he was not aware of plans for further filming although everyone involved hopes to release the film. “All parties are working towards that end,” he said.

About 90 per cent of Singularity has already been filmed according to sources except for the ‘modern’ section of the tale, which follows marine biologist Jay Fennel (Josh Hartnett) who undertakes a near-fatal dive to save his wife (played by Neve Campbell) while exploring an 18th century merchant ship wreckage. He then envisions India in 1778 where British captain James Stewart (also played by Hartnett) is about to embark on a dangerous mission while falling in love with a beautiful palace guard (Basu). The film was initially shot in Australia in late-2010 before moving to India for the second leg of shooting in early-2011.

If the film can be cut together and released, it would trigger the lucrative Australian Producer Offset tax rebate, which would more than cover the unpaid debts.

However, the strained relationship between Australian producers Grant and Dale Bradley and UK producer Paul Breuls remains a key stumbling block to completing the film.


Comment by Camino on February 6, 2012 at 9:09pm

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