Python’s Heath Ledger film put on hold

Producers have suspended work on Heath Ledger’s last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, after his sudden death on Tuesday.

Shooting had recently finished in London on the £15m film directed by former Monty Python star Terry Gilliam.

production had moved to Vancouver for interior and blue-screen scenes, but producers said: “Terry and the producers will be assessing how best to proceed.

“We are still in a state of deep shock, saddened and numb with grief.”

According to BBC Online, the producers called Ledger ‘a great actor, a great friend and a great spirit.’

A film-workers’ union representative told the Vancouver Sun newspaper that the production is currently listed as a ‘force majeure’.

Force majeure is a clause which allows producers to end contracts in extraordinary circumstances. Around 100 crew members had been laid off as a result.