Brosnan Film Succumbs to Strike Deadline

There's only silence in the production office of upcoming sci-fi flick A Sound of Thunder.

The film, which was to have begun shooting in Montreal on April 16, has been shelved until after the looming actors' and writers' strikes. According to Daily Variety, leading man Pierce Brosnan had asked for a script rewrite, and producers determined that there wasn't sufficient time for screenwriters Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly to work their magic prior to the strike deadline.

Pre-strike contract talks between the Writers Guild of America and TV and film producers fell apart Friday and are not likely to resume prior to April 1. The current writers' union contract ends May 1.

Meanwhile, two actors' unions, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, are poised to strike on July 1 when their contracts are up. That means that summer could bode a potentially devastating work stoppage in Hollywood's movie-making machinery.

Executive producer Nicolas Clermont thinks the movie will be made but told Daily Variety that producers may have to forego using Brosnan because of the actor's commitment to the next James Bond film, which is due to shoot whenever the strike ends.

The $80 million, Renny Harlin-helmed A Sound of Thunder is based on the Ray Bradbury short story of the same name.