“Batgirl” directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah say Warner Bros. blocked their access to footage from the canceled film.
The superhero film was dramatically canned earlier this month and the filmmaking duo have accused the studio of blocking their access to production servers to prevent the pair from developing their work.
In an interview with SKRIPT, Fallah said, “We don’t have anything. Adil called me and said, ‘Shoot everything on your phone’. I went to the server and everything was blocked.”
El Arbi added, “We were like, ‘F****** s***! All the scenes with Batman in it! S***!”
The makers have also shut down rumors that poor test screenings were responsible for the film’s cancellation and insists it was a strategic decision to shelve the film, which was scheduled for Leslie. Grace, JK Simmons and Michael Keaton.
El Arbi, 34, said: “The guys at Warners told us it wasn’t a talent issue on our part or the actress, or even the quality of the film.
“They told us it was a strategic change. There was new management and they wanted to save money.”
Fallah revealed that he was completely stunned when he found out that the film, which had already been shot, would not be released.
The 36-year-old director said: “First when I heard the news I was shocked, I didn’t know how to react. I wanted to smash stuff, cry, even laugh. I was like, ‘ It’s not an event.”
The makers of “Bad Boys for Life” still hold out hope for the film and are grateful for the support of film industry figures.
Fallah said, “Seeing all the support on Twitter, and even from great directors Edgar Wright and James Gunn, who sent us messages of support, was heartwarming.”
El Arbi added, “After all, we make films for the audience, not for us. We just hope that one day the film will come out, for the actors and the crew. We are a small family.”