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‘Sweet Baby Jesus’ Director Quits After Filmmakers Say They Were Left Unpaid

By | Thursday September 16, 2010 @ 3:10am PDT

2ND UPDATE: Peter Hewitt tells me he has left the production amid accusations that producer Philippe Rebboah has not paid below the line staff, an allegation which Rebboah denies in an interview with me. Production on Sweet Baby Jesus was due to start September 15. Hewitt, director of Garfield and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, tells me that he’s never been properly paid, despite the verbal offer of a pay-or-play deal. “It’s been a catalogue of delays and trouble right from when I signed on in February,” he tells me. “I kept giving Rebboah the benefit of the doubt but he never paid me.”

Studio Eight, the London-based producer and financier has also exited the project saying it can longer work with Rebboah. Jamie Brown, managing director of Studio Eight, Brown tells me: “What I don’t understand is that the money was all in place and we were all set to go.” To that end, Hewitt and Sweet Baby Jesus line producer BJ Rack arrived in Detroit in August to begin location scouting. But “we never did any pre-production, it was a total joke,” Hewitt says. After two weeks of what Hewitt describes as “hanging around”, Rebboah told them he was leaving for Europe. Rebboah’s departure on August 22 bewildered Hewitt and Rack, who thought they were preparing to shoot. Rack, co-producer of Terminator 2, tells me she and Read More »

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Sharon Stone Set For ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’

SharonStoneEXCLUSIVE: The Basic Instinct star is set to play Pixie Lott’s mother in the 70s comedy. Adrien Brody is in final negotiations to play Joseph. Sweet Baby Jesus is due to start filming in September. The joke of the film is that pregnant hippie chick Mary wanders into 70a Bethlehem, Maryland with boyfriend Joseph. It doesn’t take long for townsfolk to expect the Second Coming. Bette Midler plays the innkeeper character. Sean Brosnan, son of 007 Pierce, rounds out the cast. Peter Hewitt is directing and the producer is Philippe Rebboah. Intandem, the London-based sales agent, is handling distribution.

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