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Suicide bomber film to go ahead
Chris Weitz and Dennis Quaid
Weitz (l) worked with Quaid (r) on the film In Good Company
The director of a film starring Hugh Grant that features Pakistani suicide bombers says it will not be changed in the wake of the recent London attacks.

"The plot of my film has not changed, nor is a change being contemplated," said Paul Weitz, writer and director of the black comedy American Dreamz.

In the film terrorists plot to kill the US president, played by Dennis Quaid.

Willem Dafoe also appears in what Weitz describes as "a comic examination of our cultural obsessions".

The director's statement followed a report in the Sunday Telegraph claiming the script was being reconsidered following the events of 7 July.

"We're extremely concerned about the sensitivities everyone has towards terrorism, especially in London," an unnamed member of the production team was quoted as saying.

'Dreams and ambitions'

Paul Weitz previously worked with Grant on 2002 comedy About a Boy, which he co-directed with his brother Chris.

In American Dreamz Grant portrays a disaffected British TV personality, while Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden plays the First Lady.

Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant was last seen in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
"The movie examines the role of dreams and ambitions in American culture," said Weitz earlier this year.

"It's about what's wrong with America and how close it is to what's right with America."

Singer Mandy Moore and Chris Klein, who worked with the Weitz brothers on 1999 comedy American Pie, also appear in the film, scheduled for release in 2006.

Last year Chris Weitz pulled out of directing the film version of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, although he is still attached to the project as a writer.

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