Friday, October 13, 2017

Amazon Severs Ties with The Weinstein Company, Will Produce 'The Romanoffs' But Not David O. Russell Drama

Following the rape and sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and the suspension of Roy Price, Amazon has made the decision to sever all ties with The Weinstein Company. The streaming service will completely produce its upcoming anthology The Romanoffs from Matthew Weiner while scrapping its pricey untitled drama created by David O. Russell.

Both shows were produced by The Weinstein Company, though it's been noted that the production company so far hasn't provided the funding for either of the shows. The Romanoffs is an episodic anthology where the first four episodes have already been filmed. The untitled drama from David O. Russell was set to star Oscar winners Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. It has had a more arduous development process, with it allegedly already having a $160 million press tag with the scripts not even being finished yet.

"We support Amazon's decision as in light of recent news and out of respect for all those affected we have decided together that it is best to not move forward with this show," said Russell, De Niro and Moore in a joint statement.

Today's news comes as multiple networks and shows are dropping the company from their roster. Some have just removed Harvey Weinstein's name from the ranks of executive producer. Meanwhile, Apple has scrapped a four-miniseries deal it was plotting with the company.