In a typical case of post-production-itis, Jocelyn Moorhouse has dropped off and back onto “A Thousand Acres” for Touchstone Pictures.
Sources say Moorhouse was peeved over the request from producers Marc Abraham (Beacon Communications) and Steve Golin (Propaganda Films) and Touchstone to recut the pic, which stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange.
After 15 weeks of editing, Moorhouse, who helmed “How to Make an American Quilt,” had submitted a version of “Thousand Acres” that tested less than desirably.
A new editor joined the production team to help recut and some voice-overs were added, leaving Moorhouse a bit nonplused and considering taking her name off the pic, which is based on Jane Smiley’s novel. But the new version tested through the roof.
Sources close to Moorhouse now say she’s fine with the rechopped “Thousand Acres,” and her name will stay firmly in place on the newly subdivided acreage.
Touchstone is sending out trailers in two weeks, and studio insiders say those clearly credit Moorhouse as the helmer.
“It actually reached a bad point much earlier, but it’s all been resolved nicely,” said one source. “Her name is definitely on it and she’s happy with it.”
Added another insider: “It was just a typical hiccup in post.”