Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson’s ‘Idol’s Eye’ Shuts Down as Financing Vanishes

Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson's 'Idol's

Benaroya Pictures has closed down the action-thriller “Idol’s Eye,” starring Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson, due to financing problems.

The company moved to close down production on Monday as filming was set to commence in Toronto. Benaroya’s sales company International Film Trust was due to start selling foreign markets on “Idol’s Eye” at this week’s American Film Market.

“Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled ‘Idol’s Eye,'” the production company said in a statement. “The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing the production.”

The actors and Benaroya had come on board the production in late May following the Cannes Film Festival. Rachel Weisz was also cast.

Olivier Assayas was directing. Charles Gillibert developed and produced the project with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya.

International Film Trust, which was co-founded by Benaroya, was handling foreign sales of the title and CAA, which arranged financing, was representing domestic rights along with WME.

“This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing a number of financing criteria deadlines that were mutually established by all parties, we were left with no other options,” Benaroya said Monday. “Benaroya Pictures plans to retain the rights of the film and move forward with production on the picture after we generate a revised script and assemble a new filmmaking team.”

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  1. Freddyfudpucker says:

    Never 1 to mince words, This was a fakin train wreck from the beginning..Never met this dick head Bonaroo or what ever his name was.Just as glad really, might have slapped the shit outta him in the hall way. Witnessed crew and above the line peeps very sad NOT to have completed this project. Robbie D., will grab this bull by its horns and run FULLSPEED ahead with it very shortly.Benaroya will be sued and they mite find that Crack Pot in a gutter somewhere.THE SHOW WILL GO ON,,,,,,,,

    • tooshy says:

      If DeNiro wants to make this movie, it will be made. He is still so much of an iconic actor that he has that much pull. If so, I certainly hope he retains the full cast. Honestly, I don’t think the director was right for this film to begin with, but that’s just my opinion. Btw, Benaroya has removed their list of titles from their website. They are known for producing indie films that don’t usually get wide release, i.e., Kill Your Darlings.

  2. Wells says:

    It looks like the director and the script were the problems, if you go by this statement: “Benaroya Pictures plans to retain the rights of the film and move forward with production on the picture after we generate a revised script and assemble a new filmmaking team.”

    This was going to be Assayas’ biggest budget film to date, but if Benaroya didn’t like his script and he wouldn’t compromise, it looks like they just pulled the plug on him. Things like this happen, you just generally don’t get details like this.

  3. Dela says:

    They would never make any money with Pattinson cast in it. He makes movies that tank. He has lost most of his once loyal fan base because of his recent behavior and theTwigs issue. It’s the fans who pay to see these movies. Most of what he has done since Twilight never made a buck. Studios need to make money and not come up on the loosing end.

    • tooshy says:

      You are just a hater or part of his ex’s troll team, and what do you mean by ‘the Twigs issue’? Robert Pattinson is a good choice for any production, and he must be really disappointed at not working with DeNiro. People that he has worked with have nothing but praise for his professionalism and talent. Did you even see ‘The Rover’? It was nothing short of phenomenal. Unfortunately, it was an art house film, which means it did not and would never have been in wide release (but it should have been). Water for Elephants was beautifully made (with oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Cristoph Waltz, and no one could have portrayed Jacob like Rob.

    • Reset says:

      When will petty Kristen Stewart fans stop clinging to Pattinson? I know you’re obsessed with him, but it’s time to move on. When you resort to lying in the comments section, you need to get offline.

      Pattinson is the only actor from the Twilight franchise who’s had two films to show profits at the box office. Both Remember Me and Water For Elephants made money. All of Stewart’s indies have flopped hard, including On The Road, The Runaways and Adventurland. She can’t draw flies for any of her indies.

      And all 3 of his post-Twilight films have premiered at Cannes and are Fresh on RT. He’s also the only cast member to be able to make that claim. He’s got the career any actor his age would envy. Now if Stewart’s fans could just grasp the fact that she destroyed her own relationship when she chose to cheat with the married Rupert Sanders and move on, they would stop looking like fools online. Tahliah is a massive upgrade.

    • claudia says:

      you are so incredible ridiculous and embarassing. are you now going from site to site to write the same B.S and lies? Find a hobby or get a life. People like you shouldn`t be allowed on the internet.

      • tooshy says:

        Which part are you denying? Stewart DID knowingly cheat with a married man, and she knew his wife and children. The cheating was cited as part of the Sanders’s divorce. There are over 2,000 pics of them by the side of the road, there were other pics of them in bed that were introduced as evidence of cheating. Kristen ruined her own career through her own actions, not Rob. But after two years her troll team, and her fans, is still doing their best to ruin Rob’s career. Rob has been going from strength to strength, is making smart choices of his roles, and his fan base is 10 times that of Stewart’s. You need to find another role model.

  4. M says:

    This story has a lot of meat on its bones. Someone with a big appetite and a dash of cognitive dissonance can see this to fruition. Excellent casting of Robert De Niro as” Tony the Tuna.”
    No One Else could play him and Rachel Weisz as well. Also this is a Chicago story and Chicago should be one of it’s main characters. Talk to Rham he’ll give you a better deal than Toronto.

  5. katie says:

    How does this happen when it is so close to filming? So does everyone just pack up and go home? What about contracts that have already been signed? Is it likely it will ever get filmed? Doe this happen often?

  6. Daniel says:

    Either Benayora or IFT should be hanged for letting a film be dismissed 2 days befor the AFM. If they were not competent to push for the necessary criteria, they should have let it go and allowed someone else to take control of sales.


    • Flicker says:

      I don’t think they’re to blame. I think the production costs and scheduling may have gotten away from Assayas and when Benarora wanted them trimmed, the director couldn’t deal with it. Benaroya comes out and says they want to go forward but with a new script and “filmmaking team,” which means a new director and possibly a new producers. Charles Gilibert doesn’t seem to have been able to come up to scratch, either.

  7. ifirefly says:

    Perhaps the exprods saw your list of “18 Movies Never to Watch Twice” and decided to cut his/her losses.

  8. Lina's carlisle says:

    Disappointed in this cancellation. Looked like a good movie

  9. Jane says:

    Very disappointed to hear this today. This sounded lie it would’ve have been an interesting film, especially with this cast and director. What a shame.

    • anthony says:

      Sad development for sure. Not a single film has been made based on Accardo, having met him I was really looking forward to seeing it made. (my cousin married his daughter). I would have gladly shared facts neither the producers nor law enforcement knew of. Scorsese would have done it.

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