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Robert Pattinson’s Film Line-Up Suddenly Gets a Lot Sketchier

Robert Pattinson is facing some significant changes in two films on his agenda.

Robert Pattinson is facing some significant changes in two films on his agenda.

Robert Pattinson’s slate of upcoming films is suddenly looking sketchier. He’s currently filming “Maps to the Stars,” a David Cronenberg-directed film, in Toronto. But two other projects are facing problems that may lead to short- or even long-term production delays.

“Maps to the Stars” re-teams Pattinson with his “Cosmopolis” co-star Sarah Gadon. Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska also co-star.

Pattinson reportedly has already headed for Toronto to begin filming the picture. Moore said in a recent interview the film is “not only about celebrity culture, but the pursuit of fame at any cost.” Rob should know a thing or two about that.

But at least one other project, “Queen of the Desert,” is now up in the air, while Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt has been hastily drafted to helm his other movie “Mission Blacklist.”

Original “Mission” Director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire bailed on the project. Ganslandt is an unknown quantity because he’s never shot a picture in English! But at least the film is still heading toward production.

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In the true story, Pattinson plays Eric Maddox a military interrogator who was instrumental in the capture of Saddam Hussein.

But there is some question about how the film will shake out. The production applied for, and just received, a tax break from the State of California. But that means 70 percent of its production budget must be spent there. Principal photography is set to start in September.

When the film was first announced, some reports claimed filming would take place on location in Iraq. But those reports later proved to be untrue.

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Other Middle East locations, like Jordan and Morocco, were later mentioned, but it seems most of the production will now take place in the California desert. Whether that affects its authenticity remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Pattinson’s other widely mentioned film, “Queen of the Desert,” looks like it’s back on hold. In February, reports said the on-again, off-again, film was slated to start production in September.

Pattinson is slated to co-star with Naomi Watts and Jude Law in the Werner Herzog-directed film about World War I-era English writer Gertrude Bell.

But Herzog revealed in an interview with the German edition of Playboy magazine that the film still hasn’t resolved funding issues. That means Rob may have more free time on his hands than he originally thought in the months ahead.

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