Blake Lively thriller The Rhythm Section shuts down production after injury
The international espionage thriller The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively, is shutting down production, according to THR. The Reed Morano-directed film is on hold while Lively recovers from a hand injury sustained during a stunt while filming in Dublin in December. Crews for The Rhythm Section have reportedly been told to find other work. Production had shut down temporarily after the injury, but Lively reportedly needs a second surgery to fully heal. There is no date set for a return to production, and the surgery is said to take five months of recovery time. Just under half of the film has been shot at this time.
The producers confirmed the shutdown in a statement: “Hiatus on the production of The Rhythm Section has been extended due to an ongoing issue with Blake Lively’s hand injury sustained while filming an action sequence on the action thriller at the end of last year.”
The Rhythm Section comes to us from Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions in London and IM Global Founder and CEO, Stuart Ford in Los Angeles. The Rhythm Section is set to hit theaters on February 22, 2019, though there is no report about whether or not that will change.
Wilson and Broccoli, who have produced the last eight Bond films (SPECTRE, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale, Die Another Day, The World is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, GoldenEye), will produce. Ford and IM Global’s Academy Award-winning head of production Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, upcoming Detroit) and author/screenwriter Mark Burnell will serve as executive producers.
The Rhythm Section is a contemporary adaptation of the first of British thriller writer Mark Burnell’s “Stephanie Patrick” series of four novels. Heroine, Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively) is on a path of self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash, a flight that she was meant to be on. After discovering that the crash was not an accident, her anger awakens a new sense of purpose and she rises to uncover the truth by adapting the identity of an assassin to track down those responsible. The new, and lethal, Stephanie Patrick is on a mission to fill the void between what she knows and what she is told. Other novels in Burnell’s popular series include “Gemini,” “The Third Woman” and “Chameleon.”
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