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Stopping Power Is, Erm, Stopped
No money for the John Cusack flick

02 October 2007  |  Written by Empire Empire  |  Source: Variety

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Empire doesn’t earn much – enough to keep us in DVDs and Benjy’s sausage sandwiches – but dammit, we’re going to dip into our four-figure salary and have a whip-round for Jan De Bont and John Cusack.

For today came the sad news that Stopping Power, the high-voltage, high-octane, rollercoaster ride of an action movie that the duo were about to start filming in Berlin, has been taken round the back of a shed and shot once in the head.

Or, in less metaphorical terms, Internationalmedia, the German company whose subsidiary, Intermedia, was a co-producer on the movie, a real-time thriller in which Cusack’s daughter would be kidnapped by Jason Isaac’s mean nasty bad man, forcing him to then act as a decoy for the German cops while simultaneously chasing after them on Germany’s speedfreak autobahns, pulled the plug on the $40 million budget after one of the pic’s financial backers pulled out.

As a result, IM Stopping Power, a separate production subsidiary for the film, has filed for insolvency – and that, as they say, would appear to be that.

But boo, hiss, and shame, we cry! For, even if Stopping Power did sound a heck of a lot like De Bont was trying to mine that old Speed magic (stick Keanu or Sandy Bullock in it and you could have had a threequel), it sounded like it might have kicked all kinds of ass and, dagnammit, we wanted to see it!

And, frankly, we’re surprised that, following 1408’s recent sleeper success, Cusack’s name can’t entice some happy-go-lucky Russian billionaire to stop farting around with Premiership clubs and invest a mere $40 million in a movie that will probably make all its money back unless it’s an absolute stinker.

So here today, Empire is starting the Stop Stopping Power From Being Stopped Campaign (or SSPFBSC for short). We need YOU, the Empire readers, to put your hands into your pockets and dig deep so that all Jan de Bont and Johnny Cusack’s hard work won’t have been in vain.

We’re starting the fund with a contribution of £5. Only another £39,999,995 to go. Who’s with us? Anyone? ANYONE…???

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Your Comments

I might put some money forward, £50, from me. Mr De Bont created one of my favourite films of all time, I will help him on this one More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 15:26 on 02 October 2007 | Report This Post

Credit
If I put money to this I want an Executive Producer credit. More

Posted by draney at 15:03 on 02 October 2007 | Report This Post

Oh!!!! go on then
I may have a couple of dollars left from my last holiday. At the current exchange rate it may get you a couple of torches for the film's lighting. Better make it film noir. More

Posted by Yorkshire Tic at 14:20 on 02 October 2007 | Report This Post

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Too bad this won't happen... I was looking forward to the remake in 10-15 years. More

Posted by Bowl of Wrong at 12:50 on 02 October 2007 | Report This Post

i'd donate, if it was a different director More

Posted by Hughezy at 11:47 on 02 October 2007 | Report This Post

MEG
I refuse to contribute as I want De Bont to get back to MEG. He can take Cusack with him. I'd love to see him take on a MEG. More

Posted by Timon at 11:44 on 02 October 2007 | Report This Post

Can I pay in kind? More

Posted by tallaght24 at 11:23 on 02 October 2007 | Report This Post

Will you take euro? More

Posted by Acho at 10:44 on 02 October 2007 | Report This Post

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