A few days ago we reported that Antoine Fuqua signed on to direct the spy thriller, "Consent To Kill," for CBS Films. At the time, we wondered what that meant for "Prisoners," the Hugh Jackman led film that even had a release date of October 22, 2010 penciled in.
Well according to a Connecticut area news story (via a heads up tweet by Production Weekly), "Prisoners," which was supposed to start filming this month, has officially pushed back its production start date to March. The news comes as a bit of surprise to local residents of Derby, as last month, a casting call for 750 extras was put out.
Many speculate that the reason for the delay is that picture is still without a star name in the lead role. While Hugh Jackman has long been attached, producers have been telling local officials they've been "trying" to land the actor which probably means there is no ink yet on any contracts. The other question this raises is if Fuqua will still be in the director's chair. With his signing on to another picture, it may mean that he's done waiting around for producers to cast the picture and he wants to get back to work.
That said, even if filming starts in March, Jackman's calendar is technically still open to take on the role before his schedule fills up entirely with "Real Steel" shooting this summer and the "Wolverine" sequel going in front of cameras in late fall/early 2011.
Here's the official synopsis:
After his 6-year-old daughter and her friend are kidnapped, a small-town carpenter butts heads with a young, brash detective in charge of the investigation. The father is a Bible-reading, deer-hunting survivalist. The cop, meanwhile, can't wait to get to the city. Feeling failed by the law, the father captures the man he believes responsible and begins to torture him in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he's convinced are still alive.