Sunday 12 November 2017

Sony spent $10 million to reshoot a movie after removing em-battered Kevin Spacey

When it was announced that director Ridley Scott would be removing Kevin Spacey from his upcoming biopic, All The Money In The World, a sizeable shockwave reverberated through the film industry and its consumers.

Still Ridley Scott made the decision to completely remove Spacey from the film. This move was made in spite of the fact that the film was little more than five weeks away from its scheduled, awards-season-friendly release date of December 22nd. The role of J. Paul Getty will now be entirely reshot with Christopher Plummer delivering his own portrayal of the wealthy but problematic legend.

All The Money In The World is written by David Scarpa and is based on the book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes Of The Heirs Of J. Paul Getty, by John Pearson. The movie specifically dramatizes the events of 1973, when then teenage John Paul Getty III was kidnapped by an organized crime group and mutilated, while his mother desperately tried to encourage her son’s grandfather – oil tycoon J. Paul Getty – to pay the ransom being demanded. The role of J. Paul Getty was filled by Kevin Spacey, until an avalanche of sexual assault and harassment allegations against him – from the 1980s to the present day – made him unemployable in the entertainment industry.

The situation is expected to add over $10 million to the cost of the production. This number will include Christopher Plummer’s fee – for what is anticipated to be 8-10 days of shooting; the cost of bringing actors Mark Walhberg and Michelle Williams back for unexpected reshoots beyond those already covered in their contracts; the cost of the crew for those additional shooting days; additional editing; and the necessary overhaul of marketing and promotional materials. The outlet makes it clear that these costs are unlikely to be covered by insurance, and so will be largely ‘out-of-pocket.’

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