Besson cancels From Paris With Love location shoot

Arson means a move for the John Travolta movie

Looks like John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers won’t be getting that dream trip to Paris – the scheduled shoot of From Paris With Love has been scrapped after local vandals torched several production cars.

Director Pierre Morel and writer/producer Luc Besson were planning to kick off filming in the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil this month, but 10 cars belonging to the production team were discovered burned out.

Now Besson and the crew have decided that the location isn’t safe enough for the filmmakers and cast, and have pulled the $55 million film from the area, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Going Elsewhere

It doesn’t mean the film itself is cancelled, though:  they’ll simply shoot the thriller, which will star Travolta and Rhys Meyers in the tale of a US spy on a high-risk mission in France elsewhere.

"It's a real shame,” said the town's mayor, Xavier Lemoine. “The project should have been gratifying and valuable for everyone.” Ah, Paris in the autumn time. Where you can smell the sulphuric flames burning across the cars. Not really the image you first think of, is it?