Christmas has come early! It feels weird saying that since there’s Angie-bashing in this post and she’s Jesus Christ’s godmother.
As most of you know, Sony was hacked and some say it was North Korea because they’re pissed about that Seth Rogen/James Franco movie The Interview. The hackers reportedly demanded that the movie be pulled. North Korea denied hacking Sony. So far, the hackers released screeners of movies that aren’t out yet, the salaries of their executives, the aliases some celebrities use and much more. But today, the Sony hack delivered a real gift.
Defamer posted a bunch of emails mostly between Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer (and noted mega-asshole) Scott Rudin about the Steve Jobs biopic Jobs. No, not that straight-to-the-Red-Box-clearance-bin Steve Jobs biopic starring wet tampon Ashton Kutcher. There’s a new Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin. It started off at Sony with Christian Bale starring and David Fincher directing, but after some messiness it ended up at Universal with Michael Fassbender starring and Danny Boyle directing. The e-mails go back to February 2014 and document the nightmare journey to make Jobs happen. In the earlier emails, Amy and Scott fight about David Fincher directing Jobs.
Scott, who is producing Jobs, wanted David Fincher for the movie, but St. Angie Jolie was making it hard for him. St. Angie didn’t want Fincher to do Jobs, because she wanted him to direct her in Cleopatra, which Scott Rudin is also producing (but probably not anymore). Scott wanted Amy to tell St. Angie that she can’t have Fincher. In an e-mail to Amy on February 27th, Scott goes full-on with the Angie bashing and it starts with a Kanye-approved ALL-CAPS demand:
Scott: YOU BETTER SHUT ANGIE DOWN BEFORE SHE MAKES IT VERY HARD FOR DAVID TO DO JOBS.
Amy: Do not fucking threaten me. I have been asking you engage with me on this for weeks. And Fincher brought it up to me at dinner. And you know Eric [Cleopatra’s screenwriter] has been working this for 2 years.
Scott: What the hell are you talking about? Who’s threatening you? Let me remind you I brought this material to you and I can off her from it in a phone call. Don’t for one second even think about trying this shit with me. There is no movie of Cleopatra to be made (and how that is a bad thing given the insanity and rampaging spoiled ego of this woman and the cost of the movie is beyond me) and if you won’t tell her that you do not like the script — which, let me remind you, SHE DOESN’T EITHER — this will just spin even further into Crazyland but let me tell you I have zero appetite for the indulgence of spoiled brats and I will tell her this myself. Watch how you talk to me.
I live for these Hollywood power types verbally shanking each other. I think I just came. I need a cigarette. It gets uglier for them, but more glorious for us.
Amy goes on to tell Scott that she tried to talk to St. Angie about it, but St. Angie was pissed and wouldn’t let her get one word in. Amy tells Scott that if Fincher does do Jobs, St. Angie will make it “uncomfortable” for him. Scott fires back with these beautiful fighting words:
This is the last communication we are going to have on this.
You’re involving yourself in this massive ad pointless drama that is beneath you. You are entitled to say no. You’ve been consistent about it which was in fact your only obligation. If you engage in this again, we will end up losing Fincher on the one we want him to do and will be stuck with shoving him onto a movie with no script that, underneath it all, you know in your heart and your brain should never be made.
I’ve told you exactly how I want to do this material. It’s the ONLY way I want to do this material. I’m not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both. I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don’t. 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, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it.
This shit is more entertaining than any movie Sony has put out. Defamer has the rest of the emails and screen shots of the emails. There’s talk about Michael Fassbender’s big dick and in one of the email threads, David Fincher says that Adam Driver as a Star Wars villain is a terrible idea.
It’s a juicy holiday nugget!
Everyone’s probably trying to get a comment from Scott Rudin, but it’s going to be hard to do that since the only thing sitting on his desk chair is a pile of dust. His assistant will be quoted as saying, “The next thing I knew a dozen lighting bolts came crashing through the window and struck him down.”