Hudson, coin exit ‘Earring’

Producer Paterson working to recas, refinance film

LONDON — Intermedia has pulled out of financing Mike Newell’s “The Girl With the Pearl Earring” after Kate Hudson withdrew from the lead role just four weeks before the pic was due to start shooting.

Hudson was to play the maidservant of the 17th century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer in an adaptation of Tracy Chevalier’s bestselling novel.

Producer Andy Paterson of Archer Street Prods. was shocked by the sudden exit of Hudson, who had campaigned hard to get the part.

“She pursued us for this role, she was deeply thrilled when she got it, nothing changed, and then she backed out,” Paterson said. “The official reason was creative differences, but we don’t recognize that.”

Equally mysterious is Intermedia’s decision to drop the project so suddenly, having developed it with Archer Street long before Hudson came on board. Pic is now in turnaround at Intermedia.

Paterson is now working to recast and refinance the film but says he is confident of a quick resolution. He now expects the pic to roll in November, a month later than originally planned. Mike Newell remains committed to making the project if new financing and distribution is put in place. Ralph Fiennes is also still attached to play Vermeer. Olivia Hetreed penned the script.

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