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Leslie Nielsen's Last Movie -- In Limbo

11/30/2010 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Leslie Nielsen's last movie -- a small budget animated film -- may never see the light of day ... because after Leslie voiced his part ... producers couldn't afford to pay for the final animation.

Leslie Nielsen Last Movie

Nielsen finished his voice work over a year ago, according to the director of the movie, Bryan Waterman. He tells TMZ that a "great deal" of production still has to be done before the movie can be released -- and by a "great deal" he means the majority of the animation. 

Waterman tells us the project has been taking donations in return for a "special thanks" at the end of the movie -- but right now they're still searching for investors.

Waterman plans on adding a dedication to Nielsen, assuming the movie ever gets finished.

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soyled mydget pantaloons    

Hmm, I think I got a tooney here somewhere...

1420 days ago
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Babushka    

Oh I am so sorry to hear of Leslie's passing. What a light in our family he was - so full of life and laughter that he graciously shared with the world.
Resquiat in pace.
Dear Leslie - you who are already so very missed and so much beloved. Go with God and be at peace. This world is the less for your passing.
Much love,
"Shirley"

1420 days ago
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Holly    

I cant believe it! An entire page without Mel/Oksana!!

1420 days ago
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big al    

go tmz!!!! hopefully you guys got paid for this article. everyone knows that entertainers are worth more in death then in life. this story alone will have investors calling first thing in the morning. & tmz will report that the flick is a go in 3, 2,....

r.i.p. mr. nielsen.

1420 days ago
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Flip Gunderson    

Ahhhhh.....it's good to see that the douchebags who've hit all the sports pages with the credit cards scams have made their way to TMZ. Say goodbye to being able to post anything.

That said - that douche who 'revealed' his movie isn't gonna made without more money should be kicked right in the nuts and thrown into traffic for his timing. Here's to him being blacklisted for being a moron

1420 days ago
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Fuck Celebrities    

Donations for a movie?

Seriously?

1420 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Poor Mr. Leslie. His last project was with a douche who is using the death of his star to get money.

Rest in Peace Mr. Leslie

1420 days ago
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ama    

Talk about taking advantage of someone's death to make money

1420 days ago
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Pernille Sønnichsen    

I am proude that Mr. Nielsen was half Danish. (that is fra Denmark!!!)
Pernille Sønnichsen

1420 days ago
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Cheryl    

This douche had over a year to raise the money. All of a sudden he goes public with his plea using the guise of Mr. Leslie's death as the heart wrencher. Poor Mr. Leslie's final project was with a douchebag.

1420 days ago
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Goons    

Isn't that what investors are for? What happened to his backing?

1420 days ago
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Bryan Brinkman    

This movie raised nearly half the budget on Kickstarter a few months ago.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waterman/the-waterman-movie-starring-leslie-nielsen

Unfortunately it didn't meet the amount needed, so they took to a more grassroots donations campaign. Having watched this project struggle to meet its budget, I can honestly say that Brian Waterman is not trying to profit off of an untimely death. It's just the fact that sometimes independent projects like this don't garner much attention until an actor involved has passed away. Unfortunate, but true.

Luckily for Mr. Waterman, he has a feature length dialogue recording by a comedy icon and story he wants to share, it saddens me when I see people angered and negative by the fact that he wants to see that vision completed.

-Bryan

1420 days ago
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ChrisToCarroll    

I went to school and I'm a friend of Bryan, this movie just never got the funding. That's just what happens when you're an independent film maker. It would be great if this finally got funded. Anyone who really thinks he's out for the money is completely ignorant to the project itself. I hope to hell this see's the light of day.

1420 days ago
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Greg North    

WTF Haters?

Bryan Waterman isn't out there to make money off his death, TMZ and other media outlets like it tracked him down for the story. He has been pouring sweat and tears into this project trying to gain some traction to finally complete this film. It's shame that Leslie Nielsen's death had to generate the buzz it needed. I'm insanely eager to see this film finished, for Bryan and for Mr. Nielsen.

-Greg

1420 days ago
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Brandon Aaskov    

To backup others' points, don't think of the project as sitting in a Hollywood Studio. It's not. It's sitting in an apartment shared by 3 guys outside of Boston, MA. You really need to envision "living off pasta" instead of "driving a Bentley". Using the term "independent film" doesn't do it justice. Making a movie ain't cheap.

I know this, because not only did I go to school with Bryan and live with him for 6 years, I was there when he met Leslie and took the picture you see above.

1420 days ago
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