Production on 'Wake' Ended as Bruce Willis & Director Leave Thriller
If you happened to be a Bruce Willis fan excited by the prospect of two new action thrillers we heard about in January starring the Die Hard franchise lead, we have some bad news. It sounds like you're only going to see one of those projects come to fruition as Deadline reports production on Wake has been completely abandoned as Willis has left the project, and so has director John Pogue. The problem seems to be that there was a producer involved who was asked to leave the project in order for other financiers to come on board, but said producer just wouldn't stand down, and that led to the crumbling of the entire project.
Producer and financier Avi Lerner (The Expendables franchise) even tried to fund the film himself after these issues came up, but it didn't work out. The film had a small window in which it needed to be made due to the schedules of Willis and co-star Ben Kingsley, but that time has passed with this little debacle holding things up, so the film has been ditched entirely. There's a chance the project could be revived, but it wouldn't be for another year. If anything, this is a bummer for the crew members in Cleveland who were prepared to start production next week and now don't have a job. But that's Hollywood for you.