December 3, 2019 – Golden Globe winner Elke Sommer committed for the role of Catherine Whitterspoon in the yet to be filmed Australian-segment.
November 7, 2019 – PhonY’s Sir TT, Gilles Tschudi, got a phenomenal success on stage by
impersonating one of the most enduring characters, the Swiss ‘Good Soldier Schwejk’ HD Laeppli
(Clip in biggest Swiss newspaper).
September 8, 2019 - The filming of the remaining 40%, the former 'Burt Reynolds-Segment', is being scheduled with a number of intrigued backers in line, along the progress of recasting this role.
May 25, 2019 - The final shoot of PhonY was scheduled last October in Hollywood, with five time no 1 world-star Burt Reynolds in the lead. His untimely death, a mere month before our scheduled shooting (btw right after his back-to-back role in Quentin Tarantino's Once upon a time in Hollywood), required an extensive recasting in the production of PhonY. Tarantino is indeed ironic as PhonY was labeled 'Pulp Fiction as a Comedy'.
January 7, 2019 - Due to Burt Reynold's death and the postponing of the L.A.-shoot, the release, theatrically already confirmed in Switzerland, is pushed back to summer/winter 2019/2020.
November 12, 2018 - The casting process in Hollywood ensues. This determines the shooting of the remaining 40% of the film in LA, after the Swiss and Thai-segments have been filmed in spring 2018.
September 14, 2018 - Due the untimely death of Burt Reynolds on September 6, the shooting of the remaining 40% of PhonY is cancelled and postponed to an unknown date. Re-casting of Reynolds role starts.
September 6, 2018 - Burt Reynolds dead! The 82year old star died unexpectedly in his home from a heart attack.
August 27, 2018 - Producer/writer/director of PhonY, Roger Steinmann, is scheduled to arrive in Hollywood from his residence in Phuket early September for preproduction of the October 15 shoot with Burt Reynolds and Talia Shire. This date is determined to Reynolds' engagement in Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' early October. A read-through is set with Reynolds and Shire mid/end September.
April 17, 2018 - Casting Director Wolff wins Talia Shire, two times Academy Award nominee for The Godfather II and Rocky, as Reynolds partner, the scientist Catherine Whitterspoon.
January 7, 2018 - The filming of the winter segments of Canada and Switzerland is scheduled for January 29 to February 4, 2018, and the Asian segments in Thailand in March/April 2018, with the remaining segments to be shot in Hollywood based on Reynolds' availability in October 2018.
September 3, 2017 - Casting Director Gerald I. Wolff from Wolff & Associates wins Burt Reynolds for PhonY! The bedridden Ex-Astronaut Richard Carlyle who entangles with a neighboring scientist is a juicy role for the highest paid actors of the 80s.