Wong Kar-wai, the acclaimed director of such dreamlike Hong Kong masterpieces as "In the Mood for Love" (2000) and the Quentin Tarantino favorite "Chungking Express" (1994) -- had been expected to come to town this weekend with singer-turned-actress Norah Jones to begin shooting the Memphis segment of his first English-language movie, "My Blueberry Nights."
Wong and Jones -- possibly accompanied by Kevin Spacey and recent Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz -- originally were scheduled to shoot Monday through Friday at such familiar Memphis locations as the Arcade Restaurant on South Main and Blues City Cafe on Beale. Now, the shooting has been delayed, with no definite date set. Locations and casting could change, too, according to Memphis Film Commissioner Linn Sitler -- even though a casting call for local extras for the film was held July 1.
"We're still in discussions," Sitler said. "Since this is a movie taking place in a lot of different cities, everything is in flux."
"My Blueberry Nights" -- an independent production financed in part by France's StudioCanal -- began production June 21 in New York.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
'My Blueberry Nights' delays
Here an excerpt from today's story by John Beifuss in The Commercial Appeal. Read the full story here.
Posted by Jon W. Sparks at 8:24 AM