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The embattled Weinstein Co. has officially scrubbed the November release of The Current War.
Polaroid, from Dimension Films, has also been pulled from the calendar, meaning TWC won’t release any more movies this year as it fights to survive the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing its co-founder and former co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein, and, by extension, the company. Polaroid had been set to open in theaters Nov. 22.
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, The Current War is a historical drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse. It was to have launched in select cinemas on Nov. 24, but now won’t open until next year. Polaroid also will go out in 2018.
Insiders say it would have been impossible to release The Current War amid the scandal erupting over numerous allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape on the part of Weinstein, who was terminated from the company earlier this month before resigning from the board. Cumberbatch is among numerous stars who have blasted Weinstein’s behavior.
The larger-than-life mogul might be gone, but he has left TWC’s fate in doubt as numerous filmmakers look to take their projects elsewhere and companies doing business with TWC also bolt.
Tom Barrack’s Colony Capital had considered making an emergency cash infusion, but that deal fell apart.
In addition to the delayed release of The Current War, Apple scrapped plans for a four-show deal with TWC that included scripted miniseries about Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Prince and Frank Sinatra. Amazon Studios also cut ties with the company, dropping a TWC-produced untitled drama from David O. Russell and completely taking over The Romanoffs without TWC’s involvement.
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