Wilder had a tough time when Lohan her never-ending legal woes constantly threatened to torpedo the project.
And now that she is facing the possibility of up to three years in state jail if she is charged with felony grand theft plus six months for breaking her current probation, Wilder has been left scratching his head.
"To tell you the truth I have a total sense of relief because the reality is we would never have got our movie made if Lindsay Lohan was still attached to it," RadarOnline.com quoted him as saying.
"We are now due to start filming in New Orleans in April with Malin Akerman instead of Lindsay Lohan and everybody cannot wait.
"Despite everything that happened with Lindsay I would be horrified if she went to jail and to tell you the truth I just feel sorry for her because sadly she has some real issues to deal with.
"It was funny because the paparazzi followed Malin recently but it was a completely different vibe to Lindsay because she is such a different person.
"I can now just look forward to making our movie without any distractions and that just couldn't happen when we were involved with Lindsay Lohan.
"I'm not sure if I was surprised or not that she got into trouble again I just wish she could get her life together at some point despite everything she put me through," he added. (ANI)