That Sony hack is the gift that keeps on giving.Now that all the personal Social Security Number and salary dust has settled, we’re starting to get down to some good Hollywood dirt. And let’s just put it this way: Super-producer Scott Rudin likely won’t be working with Angelina Jolie again. In blistering emails back and forth with Sony chief Amy Pascal while trying to get their botched Steve Jobs biopic moving, Rudin continually bashed Jolie and her desire for a big-budget Cleopatra movie directed by David Fincher. How does Rudin really feel about Jolie? Here he is in his own words:
“I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat,” Rudin writes in an email to Pascal. “She’s a camp event and a celebrity and that’s all, and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it.” So it looks like “Cleopatra” won’t be starting production anytime soon. The exchanges are long and span many, many months — and cover Fincher’s penchant for great one-liners at the expense of “Girls” star Adam Driver and everyone’s concerns that watching a naked Michael Fassbender in “Shame” might make any normal man feel inadequate.
Also revealed by the leak? Something that is sure to make some fanboys very, very sad. Purloined emails show great effort was made this year for Sony to ease its grip on Spider-Man, it’s last remaining successful franchise, in the hopes that Marvel could do a better job with it. Eventually the talks broke down, though, so Spidey won’t be popping up in the next Captain America film. Instead, Sony is apparently doubling down on plans to milk the Spider-Man franchise for all its worth, including films focusing on obscure villains and characters like Aunt May. All right, Marvel fans, let’s pour one out for what might have been.
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