PETALING JAYA: Award-winning film director Adman Salleh has been “relieved” from the production of the Finas-financed movie Paloh.
Adman is said to have received a letter to that effect last week.
The movie, which began filming in January, is scheduled for screening in June.
It is understood that Adman, who lent his Midas touch to movies like Amuk and Bintang Malam, will not be able to see through the final editing and mixing of the RM3mil movie – the second to be produced by Finas and Filem Negara.
Supervising producer Jurey Latiff Rosli of World Evolution Brain (WEB) who issued the letter said “Adman is relieved from his director's job and he is not terminated.”
“We are happy with the movie and it is now in the final editing and mixing stages. We are getting our in-house directors to look into Paloh now.
“Adman’s contract expired a month ago and we have an option to renew it. However, the contract stipulates that he has to finish his job in completion with the movie Paloh and this he has done,” said Jurey who spoke from Bangkok.
It is understood that it will cost Finas a tidy sum for Adman to see the movie through the final stages.
Adman, when contacted in Kulim, however, declined comment.
Finas director-general Datuk Mohammed Shariff Ahmad said he was made to understand that Adman had received a formal letter from WEB sometime last week.
“I had asked him to ignore the letter, as I was aware the movie is still in the final stages. When we saw the final cuts last week, we had told Adman to do the trimmings in two days. However, he had asked for three days. Unfortunately, he could not complete his task as that was the day he received the letter from WEB,” said Shariff in a telephone interview from Brunei.