Andrew Lau's The Flock, which had been due to go intoproduction in New Orleans later this autumn, may still shoot in Louisiana inspite of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Philippe Martinez, CEOof Bauer Martinez Studios (BMS), told ScreenDaily.com that the plan nowis to see if it will be feasible to re-locate the production from New Orleansto nearby Baton Rouge.
"We have been talking to the film commissioners in Baton Rouge. On the onehand, the more logical move would be to go to another State. But if everyoneruns when there is a problem, the economy in Louisiana is never going torecover," Martinez stated.
The Flock stars Richard Gere as a federal agent tracking down a missinggirl. The script was written by Hans Bauer and Craig Mitchell.
While The Flock looks set to go ahead, Bauer Martinez has put the brakeson John McTiernan's Riders On The Storm, which had been due to starHayden Christiansen (with whom Bauer Martinez has a first-look deal.) "Iam not happy with the script," the BMS boss said.
Meanwhile, Martinez has confirmed that Bauer Martinez is looking to set up a UKdistribution arm. "It's something we've been talking and thinkingabout," Martinez said. "Whether we're going to do it this year ornext year just hasn't been decided yet."
Shooting recently completed in the UK on BMS's I Could Never Be Your Woman,directed by Amy Heckerling and starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Bauer Martinez,which recently set up a US distribution arm, has also been on the acquisitiontrail, picking up US rights to Van Wilder 2.