Will ‘Inferno’ smolder without Lindsay Lohan?


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When a judge ruled earlier this summer that Lindsay Lohan would be forced to spend time in jail and rehab, the filmmaker behind her next movie sounded unfazed.

‘Not moving on, not recasting, not under any circumstances,’ Matthew Wilder, the director of the Linda Lovelace biopic ‘Inferno,’ said in July.


Last month, Lohan finished up her time early -- she spent less than two weeks of her 90-day sentence behind bars and under a month in rehab, where she was initially sent for 90 days. But now word comes that she has failed at least one court-ordered drug test.

And it sounds like Wilder may be starting to change his tune about waiting for Lohan no matter what.

‘Let’s see what the judge says,’ the director wrote in an e-mail Saturday morning, alluding to an upcoming hearing during which it will be decided if Lohan must head back to jail. She has been subject to random drug tests twice weekly since her release from a UCLA rehab facility in August. If she missed a drug test, or a test had a positive result, she could face 30 additional days in jail, according to this L.A. Times report.

‘Inferno’ had been scheduled to begin shooting in November in Louisiana, and Wilder said he had spent the last week ‘getting department heads’ and ‘pulling together the other casting.’ The producers of ‘Inferno’ weren’t taking news of another possible delay in production altogether well, he said: ‘People aren’t ... like ... overly enthused!’

Still, he and the film’s financial backers have yet to give up on the troubled starlet.

‘Our financier is actually surprisingly sanguine under the circumstances,’ Wilder said.

Early Saturday, Lohan took to her Twitter account to admit she had indeed failed a drug test.

‘This was certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and I’m prepared to face the consequences,’ she wrote.

‘Substance abuse is a disease,’ she said, one which she is taking ‘positive steps’ to ‘overcome.’

Despite that proclamation, Wilder said Lohan’s focus was still on ‘Inferno.’ Asked if the actress was still committed to the project, he replied: ‘Why would failing a drug test make her uncommitted?’

-- Amy Kaufman


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