Pix change plans in Katrina’s wake

As life slowly returned to life in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans this week, showbiz also came back into focus.

“Déjà
Vu,” the $100 million Denzel Washington starrer from producer Jerry
Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott had been skedded to start on Monday
but was pushed back.

Monday, the
film’s exec producer Barry H. Waldman winged to New Orleans for meets
with Alex Schott of the Governor’s Economic Development office.

Schott
said, “We are trying our best to relocate in other (non-ravaged) areas
in the state.” But he said many films, including “The Secret Life of
Walter Mitty” moved away. “It went to Vancouver,” he said.

Schott
also reports that Paramount had opened a grip and lighting warehouse
for future productions. “But it’s now been moved to New York.” Schott
reminds “80,000 businesses have been dislocated”

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