Chow Yun-Fat has dropped out of John Woo’s $70 million “Red Cliff” after just three days of shooting.
The biggest budget Chinese film ever made is Woo’s first Chinese-language film in many years after Hollywood efforts like “Face/Off” and “Mission: Impossible 2.”
Producer Terence Chang tells Variety that “We are reworking our schedule right now as we have to shoot around the absent leading man… We are replacing Chow Yun-fat since the bond company CineFinance would not approve his agreement.”
Reports stated that Chow had made “unreasonable demands” that exceeded industry standards, but the actor allegedly says he only received a final script a few days ago and was not sure he would do justice to the character.
Added to this is that the film will be released in two separate parts which has caused disputes over payment issues. Tony Leung Chiu-wai quit a few weeks back because he could not make a commitment for the six-month shoot.
Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chiling Lin, Chang Chen, Vicky Zhao and Hu Jun also star. Lensing began Saturday in Hebei Province near Beijing.