Blockbuster king Jerry Bruckheimer has been recruited to save Gerard Butler's troubled Geostorm.
The big budget environmental disaster movie underwent reshoots earlier this month (Dec16) after Judge Dredd director Danny Cannon was brought in to revamp first-time filmmaker Dean Devlin's movie, which has been in the works at Warner Bros. since 2014.
And now sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Bruckheimer is overseeing the project with a $15 million cash injection.
During Cannon and Bruckheimer's revamp, characters have been tossed from the film and the storyline has gone through a major overhaul, according to insiders, while significant visual effects have been added.
In the film, Butler plays a hero tasked with heading into space to prevent climate-controlling satellites from creating a man-made storm of epic proportions. There's also an ambitious sub-plot about a plot to assassinate the president.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Devlin began shooting Geostorm in October, 2014. The film was initially slated for release in October (16), but test screenings in December, 2015, did not fill studio bosses with confidence and the project was pulled from release.
Bruckheimer came on board as a consultant at the beginning of 2016.
The action film is now slated to hit the big screen in October (17).
According to reports, actress Katheryn Winnick's character in Geostorm has been recast. Devlin remains the film's director but was not part of the reshoots, according to the publication.
Meanwhile, Butler will team up with 50 Cent for new heist movie Den of Thieves, which starts shooting in Atlanta, Georgia next month (Jan17).