Pellington Leaves Ford's 'The Wrong Element'

Director Mark Pellington has decided not to direct the Harrison Ford starrer The Wrong Element, according to Variety.

Pellington came aboard in early July and has bowed out due to the death of his wife last week after a brief illness. WB has yet to find a replacement for Pellington, though the studio is actively pursuing a substitute to keep the pic's intended early fall shoot date.

"I am unfortunately stepping down from the job of directing the film The Wrong Element due to the recent tragic loss of my beloved wife Jennifer," Pellington said Monday in a statement to Variety. "It is a difficult time, and having suffered the loss of my life partner and mother to my child, I would not be able to commit the time and energy and focus at this point needed to truly successfully helm the film."

Movie is to star Ford and Paul Bettany and revolves around the security chief for a global bank whose family is kidnapped.

Pellington directed Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies.

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