About six months ago I posted the first clip from the upcoming film PASSION PLAY which stars Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray. Now I thought this film had some potential the clip we got to see looked fantastic and to be honest with you I really did like the storyline “An Angel under the thumb of a ruthless gangster is saved by a trumpet player down on his luck”… Has now been pulled from release and his going straight to DVD.
Now the film itself is written and directed by Mitch Glazer, who also penned such films as ‘Great Expections’, ‘The Recruit’ and the 1988 Hit Comedy with Bill Murray ‘Scrooged’, so we have some talent there on the writing part and also with a pretty great cast including Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray, Megan Fox and Rhys Ifans it just doesn’t add up. The film cost around $14 Million dollars also, so the likelyhood that it will make that sort of money back on DVD sales is personally pretty slim.
So why was this film pulled from release? There could have been many factors but reports from the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) are that the film we received really well and that Megan Fox’s performance was amazing! But on the other hand some Critics walked out saying it was terrible. Who Knows?
Heres the full Synopsis from Image Entertainments website.
A terrific cast will hold you spellbound in this one of a kind seductive thriller from the screenwriter of The Recruit. The last thing washed-up jazz musician Nate Pool (Academy Award-nominee Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler) wanted to do was betray sinister gangster Happy Shannon (Academy-Award-nominee Bill Murray, Lost in Translation). But it may be the last thing he does unless he can deliver Lily (Megan Fox, Transformers), a beautiful and mysterious carnival sideshow attraction. The stakes can’t get any higher for the two lovers as they try to elude the merciless killer who will stop at nothing to keep Lily for himself. Kelly Lynch (Drugstore Cowboy) and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) costar in this gritty and unpredictable tale of redemption in the hard-boiled tradition of classic film noir.
By some reports they are saying that ‘Megan Fox is doomed to a Straight-to-DVD-Career?” whats your thoughts on this and would you watch the film if it did get a general release?
I’ve posted a couple of clips below, as there is no official trailer