Helmer takes new shot at ‘Jackal’

MONTREAL — Helmer Michael Caton-Jones is back in town this week directing reshoots on the big-budget Universal Pictures thriller “The Jackal.”

The cast, including star Bruce Willis, and crew have been lensing new footage since last Friday, with the material to be inserted in one of the pic’s final scenes.

A source said test-screening audiences had some problems with the ending, but sources at U vigorously denied that rumor, stating that Caton-Jones and producers James Jacks and Sean Daniel simply felt the film could be improved by clarifying the ending. Others note that such reshoots are common on action films.

Caton-Jones has been lensing nightly between midnight and 4 a.m. inside the Lionel Groulx subway station downtown; shooting is set to wrap this weekend.

Lensing on “The Jackal” has taken place in a host of cities around the globe, including Montreal, Helsinki, Moscow, London, Washington, Chicago, as well as in North and South Carolina. U is set to launch the pic across North America Nov. 14.

In the pic, Willis plays the terrorist “the Jackal”; Richard Gere is imprisoned IRA terrorist Declan Mulqueen, who is enlisted to help hunt down the killer; and Sidney Poitier is the FBI’s deputy director. The various law enforcement agents are trying to stop the Jackal before he bumps off a prominent figure in the U.S. government.

The screenplay was penned by Chuck Pfarrer and Kevin Jarre, with executive producer duties handled by Terence Clegg and Hal Lieberman.

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