Irish director Damien O'Donnell's latest movie 'Edgardo Mortara', has been shut down in pre-production because of financial problems.

The $20m project, based on the true story of a Jewish boy kidnapped by the Pope in the mid-19th century, stars Anthony Hopkins and Javier Bardem.

Reports say the shutdown was triggered when Germany's Senator Film could not commit to co-financing the picture.

However crew members are still working in the hope a solution to the cash crisis can be found quickly.