Ellen Page drops out of Raimis Hell

This documentary centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell, who periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. The outdoorsman and author — along with his partner, Amie Huguenard — was eventually killed and devoured by one of the very animals to whom he had devoted years of study.

Ellen Page has dropped out of Sam Raimi’s supernatural thriller “Drag Me to Hell”. The project was due to start shooting March 17 in Los Angeles but has been postponed indefinitely. Varying reports are coming out as to her reason for leaving. Bloody Disgusting reports that she left as “she didn’t like the latest draft of the script”. The official statement, released by Ghost House and Mandate,  lists the potential Screen Actors Guild strike  and scheduling conflicts as the reasons: “We were racing to start production so that we could accommodate Ellen’s schedule,” Ghost House and Mandate said in a joint statement. “But like so many other productions trying to start before the potential SAG strike date, this one needed more time, and we had to push back the start of production.”


After the success of ‘Juno’, Page can afford to cherry-pick from the best scripts available. Here latest film ‘Smart People’ debuted at this year’s Sundance Festival and features Page as young Republican Vanessa Wetherhold, the daughter of a widowed Carnegie Mellon prof (Dennis Quaid) struggling to deal with the world around him. The film has a tentative release date of April 11th.  This month Page is due to start shooting on ‘Whip It!’ which will see the actress don a pair of rollerblades as Bliss Cavendar, an indie-loner type who finds a way of coping with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in Austin, Texas. The film will be helmed by actress and first time director Drew Barrymore. Other films Page is linked to include ‘Peacock’ (with Cillian Murphy) and later in the year ‘Jack and Diane’. Both are still in the preproduction stages. Let’s hope the possible strike doesn’t affect them!