Heath Ledger's Final Films Somewhat In Limbo
Variety is reporting thatÂ some aspectsÂ of two of Heath Ledger's final films, The Dark Knight and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, are in doubt due to his sudden death:
Production on Terry Gilliam's indie "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" has temporarily shut down, while Warner execs are still determining how to adjust their marketing campaign on "The Dark Knight," which is keyed to Ledger's Joker character in its early stages.
"Parnassus" has three options: Replace Ledger in the role, shoot around him or shut down the production entirely. The insurance company will likely determine which option the producers take. [...]
Production on Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" sequel is believed to largely completed — principal photography concluded in the fall — but the initial marketing campaign focuses on the ghoulish Joker character.
To complicate matters further, the studio has just restructured its marketing operation. International marketing topper Sue Kroll now oversees all marketing for the studio in the wake of the exit of former domestic marketing president Dawn Taubin, who developed the "Dark Knight" campaign.
Kroll will likely have to move quickly to rejigger the studio's current phase of the marketing campaign for "Dark Knight," focusing on Ledger's Joker character. This phase of the campaign had been set to run until March.
Dawn discussed this some on tonight's guest spot on BlogTalkRadio Today.Â Maybe it's just me...I understand that perhaps the marketing of the movie might have to be revised, but I hope they don't change his scenes in the movie (and I don't know that there are plans to do so, but it could happen).Â Heath was an actor, and he understood that when he was on a set he was there to do a job.Â That job sometimes consisted of scenes that were perhaps a bit on the edge (such as his Joker character), but he understood.Â It was what he was supposed to do. Continued on the next page