News: Common's "Just Wright" Faces Delay After NYC Shooting, "It's A Little Freaky"

Monday, Aug 17, 2009 1:11PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Common and Queen Latifah's upcoming Just Wright movie is facing a possible delay after gunfire erupted around the film's set Sunday (August 16) evening in New York City.

One of film's reps confirmed the shooting and described his reaction.

Feliberto Rivera, 36, was hanging no-parking signs in advance of a shoot for the sports-themed romance Just Wright when he heard gunshots at the opposite end of the block. Rivera said he turned around to see what happened and saw a man sprawled out on the street in front of the Fulton Houses. "I was waiting for him to get up, but he did not," Rivera said. "He yelled, 'Help! Help!'" The shooting took place shortly after the unidentified victim parked his car in front of the Fulton Houses around 6 p.m., witnesses said. (New York Daily News)

Additional accounts were given on the unexpected shooting.

"We doubt it's connected to the film," a source close to the movie exclusively told, "But it is a little freaky. Things might be delayed a bit." The shooting happened while the crew prepped for a scene in New York City Sunday night for the movie. Police confirmed to that the shooting took place at 419 West 19th Street in the Chelsea area around 5:45 p.m. Sunday near the Fulton Houses, a low-income housing development. Latifah was to start filming with rapper co-star Common Monday. (Radar Online)

Common was tagged for the film earlier this summer.

Fox Searchlight has tapped rapper-turned-actor Common (Terminator Salvation) as the lead opposite Queen Latifah in sports romancer Just Wright, with Sanaa Hamri directing. Paula Patton has also been cast. Latifah, Shakim Compere and Debra Martin Chase are producing. Shooting starts in mid-July in New York for a release next year. (Variety)

While details are still developing, the film will reportedly center on the life of a basketball player.

Script, penned by Michael Elliot, revolves around a sports trainer who finds herself falling in love with a professional basketball player while rehabilitating him from a career-threatening injury. (Theater Mania)

No further information has been provided as of today (August 17).

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