Page out of 'Hell'

Horror film delay crimps schedule

It looks as if Ellen Page has not been dragged to hell after all.

Page has dropped out of "Drag Me to Hell," Sam Raimi's return to horror being produced by Ghost House Pictures and Mandate Pictures. Universal is distributing the movie domestically.

The production is being shoved back due to a longer than anticipated pre-production process. Pushing the start date caused a conflict with the two other projects Page has lined up, both for Mandate: "Whip it!" a roller derby comedy being directed by Drew Barrymore and "Peacock," a thriller also starring Cillian Murphy. Part of the time crunch will be the intense physical prep that Page is planning to undergo for "Whip It!"

"We were racing to start production so that we could accommodate Ellen's schedule," Ghost House and Mandate said in a statement. "But like so many other productions trying to start before the potential SAG strike date, this one needed more time and we had to push back the start of production."

The rush is now on to fill the part, that of a woman who is the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse. The void might cause jitters among the foreign buyers who bought into the movie partially based on Page's starring turn.