Effects trickery may be required but release date stays the same.
He only had a week of shooting left, but it would seem Philip Seymour Hoffman had "one, major emotional scene" left to film for the climax of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Lionsgate exec says they plan to work around the issue.
“We’re all extraordinarily sad,” the insider said. “But as it relates to production, it’s going to have no impact. Obviously, we’re going to have a couple of work-around issues but the movie will be creatively whole. His performances in both movies will be up to the best of his craft. We feel it will be a good tribute to him.”
THR also sought the opinion of Rob Legato, the special effects supervisor on Titanic and Hugo, regarding how special effects can help solve the problem.
“These days the technology of using someone’s likeness is a whole lot easier to do,” Legato explained. “I won’t say you could generate a Philip Seymour Hoffman with all the acting ability, but you could certainly replicate him for a shot or two.”
Despite the tragic loss of the actor, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 remains scheduled for release in November, with the climactic sequel due 12 months later.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
PICTURES: The Career of Philip Seymour Hoffman