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Swayze’s return delayed

After breaking both legs during the shooting of “Letters From a Killer,” Patrick Swayze’s return to the big screen looks to be farther down the road than expected.

In fact, Entertainment Coalition, which has insured the actor in the pic, is scheduled to make its first payment today to cover the lengthy production delay.

Sources say EC’s responsibility has run into seven figures for the postponement of the pic, which is budgeted between $40 million and $50 million and will be distribbed by J & M Entertainment. Film Finance Inc., the completion bonder of “Letters,” has not been required to cut a check.

Only 21 days of lensing are left in the three-month production.

“Everyone’s really excited about the footage,” Film Finance exec VP Steve Ransohoff told Daily Variety. “Everyone is eagerly awaiting for it to be finished.”

EC officials and execs from the pic’s production company, LFAK, did not return calls for comment.

On May 9, Swayze fell off a horse and hit a tree while performing his own stunt on location outside Sacramento. Shortly after the accident, it was believed the former dancer would return to the set within three to six weeks.

But “any idea that he would be back in six weeks was unrealistic,” a source close to production said. “We think it will be next month.”

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