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Made-in-Toronto Pattinson, DeNiro movie scrapped before cameras roll

Robert Pattinson and Robert DeNiro
Robert Pattinson, pictured in Toronto on Sept. 9, 2014 and Robert DeNiro, pictured on Sept. 8, 2014. Getty Images

TORONTO — Robert Pattinson and Robert DeNiro will not be working in Toronto this month, after all.

The company financing their movie Idol’s Eye has pulled the plug, putting local crews out of work.

“The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing the production,” read a statement from Benaroya Pictures.

The company said it had no choice but to halt production because producers of the film missed “a number of financing criteria deadlines.”

Idol’s Eye was scheduled to shoot in Toronto until Dec. 22.

The action-thriller, directed by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, is about thieves who encounter problems when they try to rob a pawn shop.

Pattinson was spotted out and about in the city earlier this week — including a lunch outing with his new girlfriend, British singer FKA twigs.

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He has made three movies in Toronto: the biopic Life earlier this year, 2014’s Maps to the Stars and 2012’s Cosmopolis.

DeNiro made the 2004 drama Godsend in and around Toronto.

Benaroya said it will make Idol’s Eye “after we generate a revised script and assemble a new filmmaking team.”