Financial problems cause third work stoppage
Production of troubled indie comedy “Nailed,” starring Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been shut down for a third time due to financial problems.
Below-the-line crews refused to work Thursday. Members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees were ordered by IATSE leaders not to show up at the South Carolina set after not being paid.
A person familiar with the situation said production’s expected to resume Thursday in South Carolina. Previously set plans had been for filming to go on to a Thursday-through-Monday work week at that point to accommodate the availability of locations such as the state capitol buildings.
IATSE-repped employees also stopped production on May 15 after not being paid, then resumed on Monday. The Screen Actors Guild had ordered its members to stop working on May 9 after film financer Capitol Films failed to deposit enough required money in SAG accounts set up to pay the actors.
Capitol Films was not immediately available for comment. IATSE also would not comment.
Pic, directed by David O. Russell, began shooting April 15 and is due to wrap in mid-June. Catherine Keener, James Marsden and Tracy Morgan also star.
In a previous interview, Capitol Films topper David Bergstein insisted his company was on firm financial footing despite reports about unpaid bills and lawsuits.
“Nailed” is produced by Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher through their Red Wagon banner and by Persistent Entertainment. Script by Russell and Kristin Gore, centers on an uninsured woman who goes on a crusade for better health care after a nail is accidentally shot into her head.