Ward returns to ride ‘River’

Helmer was dumped in late October

AUCKLAND — Writer-director Vincent Ward is back at the helm of his historical drama “River Queen,” directing post-production in London, producers announced Friday.

Ward was dumped from the shoot in late October at the insistence of completion guarantors. Lensing had been dogged by delays caused by illness, bad weather and reported tension between the director and star Samantha Morton.

But co-producer Don Reynolds said he was delighted to be “moving to the next phase of production with Vincent firmly at the helm.”

The Anglo-Kiwi co-production, which also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Rea and local names Cliff Curtis and Temuera Morrison, is the story of a young woman’s search for her kidnapped son during the height of the wars between the colonial troops and the Maori in New Zealand. It is due for completion at the end of March.

Ward is upbeat about the edit of footage shot with d.p. Alun Bollinger in the director’s chair.

“It’s going really well,” he said. “We’ve got haunting visuals, and the entire cast have acted their socks off.”

More Film

  • Media Luna Picks 'The Unseen,' 'Angela'

    Ventana Sur: Media Luna Picks Up Puenzo's 'The Unseen,' Quintero's ‘Angela’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    AUCKLAND — Writer-director Vincent Ward is back at the helm of his historical drama “River Queen,” directing post-production in London, producers announced Friday. Ward was dumped from the shoot in late October at the insistence of completion guarantors. Lensing had been dogged by delays caused by illness, bad weather and reported tension between the director […]

  • Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite

    Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite Singapore Media Festival

    AUCKLAND — Writer-director Vincent Ward is back at the helm of his historical drama “River Queen,” directing post-production in London, producers announced Friday. Ward was dumped from the shoot in late October at the insistence of completion guarantors. Lensing had been dogged by delays caused by illness, bad weather and reported tension between the director […]

  • SGIFF: Anup Singh Readies Third Film

    Singapore: ‘Scorpions’ Director Readies Third Film With Irrfan Khan (EXCLUSIVE) 

    AUCKLAND — Writer-director Vincent Ward is back at the helm of his historical drama “River Queen,” directing post-production in London, producers announced Friday. Ward was dumped from the shoot in late October at the insistence of completion guarantors. Lensing had been dogged by delays caused by illness, bad weather and reported tension between the director […]

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti's 'Hippocrate' Medical Series

    AUCKLAND — Writer-director Vincent Ward is back at the helm of his historical drama “River Queen,” directing post-production in London, producers announced Friday. Ward was dumped from the shoot in late October at the insistence of completion guarantors. Lensing had been dogged by delays caused by illness, bad weather and reported tension between the director […]

  • 'Call Me by Your Name' Costumes,

    Luca Guadagnino Relied on a Pair of Longtime Friends for 'Call Me by Your Name' Decor, Costumes

    AUCKLAND — Writer-director Vincent Ward is back at the helm of his historical drama “River Queen,” directing post-production in London, producers announced Friday. Ward was dumped from the shoot in late October at the insistence of completion guarantors. Lensing had been dogged by delays caused by illness, bad weather and reported tension between the director […]

  • A Profile of Argentine Fantasy Genre

    Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise -- Demián Rugna

    AUCKLAND — Writer-director Vincent Ward is back at the helm of his historical drama “River Queen,” directing post-production in London, producers announced Friday. Ward was dumped from the shoot in late October at the insistence of completion guarantors. Lensing had been dogged by delays caused by illness, bad weather and reported tension between the director […]

  • Coco Trailer

    'Coco' Stuffing 'Justice League' at Thanksgiving Box Office

    AUCKLAND — Writer-director Vincent Ward is back at the helm of his historical drama “River Queen,” directing post-production in London, producers announced Friday. Ward was dumped from the shoot in late October at the insistence of completion guarantors. Lensing had been dogged by delays caused by illness, bad weather and reported tension between the director […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content