Half-truths spun about hollywood effort

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 March, 2007, 12:00am

It seems rumours of Infernal Affairs co-director Andrew Lau Wai-keung getting dumped from his Hollywood project are not altogether true. Media reports had circulated that he was stripped of directing duties on The Flock, a suspense thriller with Claire Danes and Richard Gere, and another director had been brought in. Turns out they're all false, sort of.

'Of course it is not true,' Lau (right) said. 'I finished the movie half a year ago and did two edits as agreed in the contract. If anyone wasn't happy with the result, the producers can hire someone else to fix it. I knew it a long time ago, no big deal.'

Lau is still director by title, but the producers have recut the film a bit. 'Richard Gere liked mine [edit] better,' he added.

The trouble began with those infamous Hollywood test screenings and then there was talk of financial problems. But Lau was not deterred by the experience. 'I can't imagine audience-testing Infernal Affairs but it's part of their game. I learned a lot; next time I will know how to deal with things better. At least the experience was smoother than John Woo's [first Hollywood film] Hard Target.'