Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media has backed out of Brett Ratner’s upcoming Milli Vanilli movie, which the corporate had been planning to buy on the European Film Market.
“On the heels of the announcement of the long gestating Milli Vanilli movie, the project fielded multiple competitive bids and a group of private equity investors have emerged that are fully financing the movie to begin production shortly,” stated a spokesperson in a press release for Millennium Media and RatPac Entertainment. “Millennium will not be selling the film at EFM or be involved in the production.”
Ratner remains to be connected to direct the mission. A consultant for Millennium Media didn’t instantly reply to TheWrap’s request for touch upon who the group of personal fairness buyers are.
On Saturday, Times Up lashed out at Ratner after a report that the disgraced director had lined up a brand new movie mission simply 4 years after a number of ladies accused him of sexual misconduct.
“You don’t get to go away for a couple years and then resurface and act like nothing happened,” the group stated in a press release. “We have not — and will not — forget. And Millennium Media shouldn’t either. There should be no comeback,” “There should be no comeback. #wewontforgetbrett.”
Last week, Deadline reported that Ratner was set to direct a brand new movie concerning the pop duo Milli Vanilli. The movie can be Ratner’s first directing job since 2014’s “Hercules” — and likewise the primary since he was accused of sexual misconduct 4 years in the past by no less than six ladies, together with actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge (The director has disputed the accusations — and even filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to certainly one of his accusers, which he later withdrew).
Time’s Up was not happy to listen to about Ratner’s potential comeback.
“Time’s Up was born out of the national reckoning on workplace sexual harassment. Our movement is a product of countless courageous acts by many survivors, including those who spoke out about what they endured at the hands of Brett Ratner,” the group stated in its assertion. “Not only did Ratner never acknowledge or apologize for the harm he caused, but he also filed lawsuits in an attempt to silence the voices of survivors who came forward — a tactic right out of the predator’s playbook.”
Shortly after the misconduct accusations surfaced in 2017, Warner Bros. severed ties with Ratner and his manufacturing firm RatPac, which was based with billionaire investor James Packer.
Ratner is the director of the “Rush Hour” films and different hits which have grossed $2 billion worldwide; he has additionally served as government producer on “The Revenant,” “Horrible Bosses” and TV’s “Prison Break.”
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