Scott Rudin To Harvey Weinstein: Kiss My Oscar Winning Ass!!

     October 9, 2008

Written by Nicole Pedersen

Super Producer Scott Rudin (I believe that is his official title) has exited The Weinstein Company project “The Reader” after what Variety is calling a “long and bruising battle” with Harvey Weinstein. Apparently the two do not get along (does anybody get along with Harvey Weinstein?) and Rudin has now insisted that his name be removed from the film.

For those who are interested, “The Reader” is a WWII love story starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. The film, about a man’s decades-long obsession with an older woman, was written by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry. These are the same men who brought you TWC’s 2002 Oscar-bait special “The Hours.” Rudin wanted to push the release of the long-gestating “Reader” back to 2009 (ostensibly so Winslet would not become her own Oscar competition should “Revolutionary Road” prove less dreadful than its trailer suggests) while Weinstein wanted the pic on time for its promised December 12th release. Weinstein won – Rudin walked.

Producers on “The Reader” once included a who’s who of A-listers… emphasis on the ONCE. Aside from the Rudin, both Sidney Pollack and Anthony Minghella were attached to the film before their deaths – so isn’t this about the time those “this movie is cursed” rumors should start flying? Apparently both Rudin and Weinstein have invoked the names of their deceased co-producers during the battle over the future of the project. It’s nice to know that Hollywood bullshit can even overcome death.

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