Philip Seymour Hoffman: Showtime, Lionsgate react to shocking death

By Daniel S Levine,

Calling Philip Seymour Hoffman a prolific actor is an understatement. He seemed to never take a break and was constantly working, which made his death at age 46 on Sunday all the more surprising for Hollywood. He left behind several projects, including completed movies, a television series and the Hunger Games franchise.

Back in June, Hoffman joined a Showtime pilot, which would have been his first regular television role. The dark comedy starred Hoffman as an ad executive struggling in a company that no longer needs him. It was originally called Trending Down and just got a series order three weeks ago with the title Happyish.

“Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation’s finest and most brilliant actors,” Showtime said in a statement, notes TheWrap. “He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time.”

The network hasn’t made a decision yet, but only the pilot was filmed. Seeing as Hoffman was the main character, the series would have to be completely reconfigured in order to move forward.

Hoffman also played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. According to Cinemablend, he did complete work on Mockingjay Part 1, but still had a few days left to do for Mockingjay Part 2.

“Philip Seymour Hoffman was a singular talent and one of the most gifted actors of our generation,” Lionsgate stated. “We're very fortunate that he graced our Hunger Games family. Losing him in his prime is a tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Philip's family.”

Hoffman was also slated to direct Ezekiel Moss, which he agreed to do in September 2012. Just last week, his The Master co-star Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal signed on to star, but it looks like the project will not happen.

Exclusive Media, which was set to sell the package at the Berlin film festival to distributors, told Deadline that they will not take it to Berlin. The film’s producers will talk about what to do next.

Hoffman’s IMDb profile also lists Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man and John Slattery’s God’s Pocket as completed projects. The films were just screened at Sundance last month.

Hoffman died on Sunday of a reported drug overdose. He was only 46.

image: Lionsgate

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