HOLLYWOOD – Sequel to Peter Greenaway’s The Belly of the Architect has been indefinitely postponed.

Cult classic The Belly of an Architect starred Brian Dennehy as Stourley Kracklite, an American architect who travels to Rome to curate an exhibition of his hero’s work. Ever since it’s release in 1987 rumor has been rife about a follow-up, tentatively entitled The Ribcage of an Architect. Peter Greenaway tells the story:

We were very keen to strike while the iron was hot. No one believed that Belly would become the phenomenon that it became. Remember this was this small European art film about an esoteric subject. But something touched the nerve and we sold more tickets than Stallone’s Cobra. I wrote a script called Ribcage of an Architect but over the years different problems conspired so it didn’t happen. Brian was unavailable, or the backers pulled out. We thought a producer from Amsterdam was investing but he wanted to call the film The Penis of the Architect and so that was out.

What was the final problem?

I think people have forgotten the film. I don’t think people remember how big it was. Brian’s not interested anymore, so I was going to do one of those female remakes, but then I saw what happened to Ghostbusters and I thought, no thank you!

The Belly of an Architect 2 will not be released in 2018.