I’m pretty excited to see Rob Schmidt’s two upcoming projects, ALPHABET KILLER and his latest, Bad Meat, which was currently lensing in Canada for a 2009 release. News hit the web this afternoon that the gore-filled flick (BAD MEAT) that centers on troubled teens who send their parents to boot camp, only to find the tables have turned on them, is in a heap of trouble by the Canadian ACTRA. In short, the film has been shut down. Read on for the skinny.
From Deadline Hollywood: “So I’m told by two significant sources that Capitol Films was also funding the $5M-$7M budget of the Rob Schmidt-directed horror indie Bad Meat. According to one of my insiders, that production was shut down while shooting in Canada on Friday by ACTRA (the Canadian actor’s guild) for non-payment of actor salaries. He tells me: “Not sure if this is on SAG’s radar yet. The various crew unions have told everyone to go home as well. They claim to be getting more money tomorrow, but most everyone (SAG members) flew home Saturday morning. If they are having trouble with both pics, that does not bode well. Capitol’s problem is looking bigger than it initially seemed.” The second source details for me what went on behind-the-scenes:
“The start of the Bad Meat shoot was delayed for ten days because Capitol didn’t provide the promised funds. They claimed that Bergstein’s father was ill and that he was unavailable to sign checks. Capitol finally came up with starting money, and the shoot was going well. Suddenly on Friday, two weeks away from completing principal photography, we were told that the money has completely run out and production is shutting down. My client came home yesterday. Many, many people are ending up unpaid– actors, crew, catering, travel, etc. Capitol is claiming that money will be flowing by the end of the week for Bad Meat. They’re asserting that they have a very large credit facility coming from Comerica Bank. We all think that’s nonsensical.“