|The City of Your Final Destination|
|Directed by||James Ivory|
|Produced by||Paul Bradley
Ursula and Paul Lowerre (associate)
Simon Oxley (associate)
Vincent Mai (executive)
James Martin (executive)
Katsuhiko Yoshida (executive)
|Written by||Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(based on the novel by Peter Cameron)
Alexandra Maria Lara
Pierre Mignot (Montréal)
|Editing by||John David Allen|
|Distributed by||Screen Media|
|Running time||118 min|
The City of Your Final Destination is a first Merchant Ivory Film without late producer Ismail Merchant and also composer Richard Robbins. It is directed by James Ivory and with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
The film is based on Peter Cameron's 2002 novel of the same name. The film follows a graduate student, Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally), who wishes to write a biography on an obscure writer, Jules Gund, who died years before. He must travel to Uruguay to persuade the Gund family to authorize the biography.
It had an early preview in New York City on November 27, 2007 (at the ceremony of the Trophée des Arts for James Ivory from the French Institute New York), but the full theatrical release has yet to happen.
In October 2009, James Ivory will bring the film to Rome, where it will finally receive its official world premiere at the International Rome Film Festival, for Out of competition. Then showing at Tokyo International Film Festival for Hiroyuki Sanada's special screening. Screen Media distribute in US, and release in 30 March 2010.
In early 2007, Anthony Hopkins claimed he had yet to be paid for his work on the film, and that Merchant Ivory had short-changed the cast and crew. Merchant Ivory counter-argued that Hopkins' payment terms had in fact recently been renegotiated higher. Later in the year, the actor filed court papers to take the company to an arbitrator. In October 2007, Hopkins filed a lawsuit against Merchant Ivory for payment of his salary of $750,000.