With James Bond in permanent limbo the next place you’ll be able to see Daniel Craig is opposite Rachel Weisz in a Jim Sheridan thriller called Dream House. Or at least that would be the next place you’d be able to see him if the movie didn’t seem to be in the midst of some sort of coronary arrest.
The thing is Dream House is actually finished and in the can, but we heard a few weeks ago from one of our sources that there were problems and that they might be headed for reshoots this month. Now it seems that may not happen and that leaves the movie well, who knows where. Pop Goes The News confirms that reshoots were the plan, but says that Daniel Craig is now too busy shooting Girl with the Dragon Tatoo to do them and that they’ve been cancelled.
Worse, a different movie with a similar plot, called House at the End of the Street and starring Elizabeth Shue, has just finished shooting. They’ve got competition and while we don’t know if House at the End of the Street is any good, early word on Dream House is that it definitely is not.
Dream House stars Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as a New York-based couple who move to a New England home that was the host of a murder of a mother and two children. Naomi Watts is a neighbor who knew the dead family.
What we’ve heard from our sources who’ve seen it, is that the current version of Dream House is kind of a mess. Specifically they say the mystery is predictable and made even more so by Naomi Watts' character, who's fairly secondary anyway. Our source says, "Craig and Weisz try their best but they are working with weak material, which is a predicable mess and some of the other acting, which ranges from slumming it to down right being laughably bad." Presumably these are some of the things they wanted to fix with reshoots, but if they can’t do that, then what Universal’s left with is a bad movie which would have to compete with another movie with the same premise which maybe isn’t bad. Why bother to release it? At least that’s the question I’d be asking right now if I were Universal.
Right now Dream House is slated for a February 18, 2011 release date. It’ll be interesting to see if they stick with it.
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