Scottish Screen and Bronco Films' Peter Broughan have confirmed that the filming of The Flying Scotsman has now been postponed until the Spring.
The£3.3 million biography of champion Scottish cyclist Graeme Obree, pitched as "Shine meets Chariots Of Fire", was originally set to start filming on November 11 with a cast led by Jonny Lee Miller and Bob Hoskins.
However, the sudden death of one of the partners in funder Americana Films led to the loss of approximately a quarter of the budget leaving Broughan scrambling to secure an eleventh hour replacement. (See Screendaily.com, Nov 1)
Principal photography was initially delayed by a week with Scottish Screen providing interim financial support.
Broughan has expressed his confidence at being able to refinance the film and reassemble the cast and crew under first time feature director Douglas MacKinnon for a Spring start.
A labour of love for Broughan over the past five years, the film tells the story of Obree, the Scottish cyclist who broke world records in a handmade bicycle. Jonny Lee Miller had been in training to play Obree.