11:32am PT by Scott Feinberg
Oscars: Harvey Weinstein Pulled His Credit Off 'The Current War' Before Termination (Exclusive)
One of Harvey Weinstein's last moves as co-chief of The Weinstein Co. was removing his producing credit from The Current War, one of the company's Oscar hopefuls for this season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from sources close to the film.
Over the years, Weinstein has been accused of taking producing credits that he didn't always deserve on films like 1998's Shakespeare in Love, which brought him a best picture Oscar. But giving one away? That is believed to be a first.
Last month, at the Sept. 9 world premiere screening of The Current War at the Toronto International Film Festival, Weinstein was introduced as one of the film's producers on the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre, alongside director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult, as well as others. He was also listed as one of the pic's three producers on TIFF's online description of the film.
But almost immediately after the festival, where the film was decimated by critics, Weinstein removed his name as a producer, instead taking his usual executive producer credit, in this case alongside Steven Zaillian, his brother Bob Weinstein and several others, a TWC spokesperson confirmed. It is understood that he did so because he thought having a producer credit made the film a bigger target for critics and tastemakers.
But Weinstein also may already have seen clouds gathering around him — namely, multiple media investigations into his personal behavior that were nearing completion — and, though he expected to be able to weather the storm, he may have thought it wise to try to insulate one of his company's few 2017 awards hopefuls by distancing himself from it.
The producers now listed on TWC's official film credit submissions to the various guilds, for awards consideration, are Timur Bekmambetov and Basil Iwanyk. It remains to be seen whether TWC can or will have Weinstein's executive producer credit removed from the film before The Current War's scheduled release date of Nov. 24.
TWC is in the process of removing Weinstein's name from the credits on the various TV shows on which he's been associated, such as Project Runway and Six.