Producer Dimitri Logothetis and production accountant Jenna Thornsberry told Variety that all the employees paid as of last week.
Logothetis said the producers, who paid over $500,000 in the late payments, had been surprised by a bridge lender pulling out in December. The failure to pay members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees provoked a strong response from Mike Miller, president of the union’s motion picture division.
Van Damme joined the reboot of “Kickboxer” after it began shooting in New Orleans, replacing Tony Jaa in the Master Chow role. Logothetis said the film, directed by John Stockwell, will shoot for two more weeks in Thailand this month.
Other producers are Ted Field of Radar Films and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer are executive producing.
The cast includes “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Dave Bautista, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and Alain Moussi (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”).
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UPDATE, 9 a.m. PST — Here’s Thormsberry’s email —
Hello All Crew-
I am pleased to announce that we are almost 100% (close to $550,000) paid up on crew payroll, including the wrap week!!!
There are a few minor exceptions and I am currently working on getting corrections done and out. I will be calling all department heads over the next few days to make sure that I am aware of all issues, corrections and re-rates. Due to the mass amounts of emails I have been printing all requests and putting them in a pile that I am currently tackling and have not been responding to each and every one. If you feel that I do not have your issue, please let your department head and me know. After that, all vendor and invoice payments will be coming.
I, personally, appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this unfortunate situation. For all the shows that have skipped town without paying, I, myself, feel fortunate that this production has and is continuing to make each one of us whole. This may not be anyone’s choice of business practice, but it is where we all find ourselves. I can assure you that, as a local crew member, I am going to continue on this show until all issues have been resolved and all crew and invoices paid.
On behalf of the Producers, they also wish to extend their gratitude for everyone’s patience and understanding. This has been a very difficult situation that everyone wants to see resolved so that we may all continue making movies in this industry.