Diesel’s Babylon A.D. Back on Track


The Mathieu Kassovitz-directed Babylon A.D., budgeted at $60 million and starring Vin Diesel, has resumed shooting in the Czech Republic after a two-week hiatus to “sort things out,” reports Variety.

Producer Ilan Goldman said the difficulties are routine for any big-scale film, including uncooperative weather (including a lack of snow) and problems with set construction. Latter caused the production designer to ankle; a stunt coordinator and the first assistant director were replaced as well.

After a fruitless scouting mission to Iceland, the production still needs to find a location with snow for footage that will take six to eight days to shoot, Goldman said.

Actors including Charlotte Rampling are awaiting word of when their presence will be needed for scenes that should have been shot at the end of February.

Kassovitz, Diesel and co-stars Michelle Yeoh and French actress Melanie Thierry are due on Friday in the Czech city of Ostrava, where they will spend the next week shooting scenes for the futuristic action-thriller based on a cult novel by Maurice Dantec.

In the film, Diesel plays a mercenary hired to escort a young woman (Thierry) who has been genetically tampered with, containing a virus that could destroy the human race. Yeoh plays a nun accompanying the young girl.