Shelved: Scarlett Johansson's directorial debut New York, I Love You has gone straight to DVD
The 24-year-old star of The Black Dahlia and Vicky Cristina Barcelona shot a segment for New York, I Love You, a series of linked love stories directed by different people, including Natalie Portman and Brett Ratner.
But her episode, shot in black and white and starring Kevin Bacon, was 'unwatchable,' sources told the New York Post.
'It was really bad, so it was cut,' said one source.
The film's producer, Emmanuel Benbihy, said her segment was slashed because: 'The story did not specifically involve an interpersonal relationship, and it was conceptualised to be filmed in black and white – both of which were extreme departures from the other films.'
He went on: 'Scarlett presented me with an extremely compelling, albeit unconventional, narrative that appeared as though it would not necessarily conform to the overall approach of the entire collective.'
He said he and Johansson agreed the segment's fate would be decided during editing, and added: 'And after months of editing I had to admit that there were editorial decisions to be made in the interest of serving the overall narrative and composition that resulted in previously filmed scenes and footage not getting used.'
Johansson's scenes will be included in the DVD of the film. New York, I Love You is based on Benhiby's 2006 film Paris Je T'Aime.
Action: Scarlett's short film, shot in black and white and starring Kevin Bacon, was deemed 'unwatchable' by one source
'Unconventional': Kevin Bacon stars in the black and white segment that Johansson directed, above