Sony Leaks Reveal Bickering Over 'Jobs,' 'Cleopatra'; Clooney Predicted Hack http://t.co/lsnXzaCMQl
— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) December 10, 2014
By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2014 at 1:28PM
Angelina Jolie is not going to be making a movie with Scott Rudin any time soon. That's because the various Sony leaks that are making their way into the media due to the infamous recent hacking have turned up studio email exchanges that are fascinating to parse.
For those of you who want to know more about why the Steve Jobs movie left Sony and went to Universal, it's all there in the emails, as studio chief Amy Pascal (who we now know earns $3 million a year, along with her studio partner Michael Lynton), and "A Social Network" producer Rudin dicker over David Fincher's involvement in "Cleopatra," written by Eric Roth and starring Jolie, as well as Danny Boyle's "Jobs," which Rudin finally withdrew from Sony as Pascal begged him to keep the project at Sony and let her make it work.
For those of us who know these bigger-than-life Hollywood moguls, it's fun to see the power playing and emotional manipulation--obviously, these two people share longstanding mutual respect and are comfortable and intimate enough to engage candidly and fiercely. It also reveals how emotionally fragile they both are--Rudin admits to not liking to be made to feel unimportant and small by Pascal and Jolie, not wanting to be part of big studio group think and control. Presumably Universal's Donna Langley is going to let him and Danny Boyle do things their way on "Jobs." Rudin is also clearly not interested in having someone he cannot control to work with--ie., mega-star Jolie, who was working directly with Roth on the "Cleopatra" script, or 28-year-old Annapurna financier Megan Ellison, who didn't return his call for three days. Whoops.
I've been sent some amazing emails over the years--Hollywood players routinely swear like sailors, and Rudin himself let go a torrent of them when he was upset with Harvey Weinstein over "The Reader." Ex-Paramount chief Sherry Lansing always worked by phone--she distrusted email. We should never email something that isn't for public consumption. There is no such thing as a "private email."
Read the emails in full at Defamer.