The cameras have been running for three days. The setting may be different but there had been an uncanny resemblance to the original as the scenes were shot.
Ricky Ponting won the toss, Australia then duly collapsed like an ageing rock star after a three day drink and drug fuelled bender. Pakistan took a first innings lead without ever looking assured in the middle. Then Australia had fought back and set Pakistan a tricky target of 180.
Sure some things were different - Michael Hussey left his Superman cape at home this time and Kamran Akmal actually caught the bloody ball in the Australian second innings; even threatening for times to look like a competent test wicketkeeper. Rookie Steve Smith threatened to take the Oscar after an incredibly compelling cameo performance and Salman Butt refused to slip into the ultra-defensive mode of Mohammad Yousuf.
Yes, the Hollywood remake of the Pakistani tragedy movie "Sydney" was looking like it would provide an authentically similar ending. The PCB were even sharpening their knives for the captain, Akmal brothers and the pantomime villain figure of Shoaib Malik.
But then Pakistan decided to improvise and throw away the script. Sure, Butt provided the requisite tame dismissal, but Imran Farhat and another rookie Azhar Ali then forgot the roles they were supposed to be playing. Instead of being nervous, they looked assured. Instead of giving their wickets away, they steadily knocked off the runs.
The Australian bowlers forgot their lines too especially the notoriously absent-minded Mitchell Johnson. It seemed the absence of the hitherto bit-part player Nathan Hauritz also meant the remake was unravelling. Shane Watson too messed things up by dropping a simple chance to reprieve Farhat and then proceeded to wear his customary frown for the rest of the day as he returned to his usual role of the innocuous medium-pacer.
With the ending now looking very different, Hollywood bosses are said to be furious and their representative - let's call him John (apparently he is on first name terms with Shane Warne and Mark Waugh) - reportedly spent most of last night locked in the Pakistan caravan imploring the team to return to the agreed script.
But will Butt and co comply or are we in for a very different ending to "Sydney"? If so, maybe the Director could save face and call it a sequel.