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Mel Brooks Slams Rumors of Unrest on "The Producers: The Movie"

Apr 27, 2005 | 8:16am EDT

Film legend Mel Brooks has hit out at reports of a crisis on the set of the movie remake of his hit musical The Producers, insisting rumors he is unhappy with director Susan Stroman are nonsense.

Sources claimed Brooks had stepped in to re-shoot comedy scenes because he was dissatisfied with the efforts of Stroman, who directed and choreographed the Broadway smash hit version of The Producers, but is making her first movie.

An insider told, "Stroman hasn't quite yet mastered the art of directing comedy in a feature film - at least not to Mel's liking.

"So Mel had to step in and re-shoot a number of non-dancing scenes. But there have been no problems with the dance numbers. Mel is apparently very happy with those."

But Brooks' spokesman Peter Graves refutes the claims, maintaining all is well on the set of the film, which stars Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell.

He says, "Mel is the producer of the film. He's there almost every day, as good producers are. They've worked collaboratively over the years but the idea that he is out there redirecting or re-shooting anything is absolute nonsense. She is doing a terrific job, and the dailies are fantastic.

"It's spectacular and funny. It's on-time and on-budget.

"When I got your message and I called them (Universal studios) about it, people fell on the floor. They said, 'What are you talking about? Are you kidding?' Every frame is hers. The idea that Mel is re-shooting stuff is ludicrous. It's just not true."

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