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Warner Bros Responds to "No More Movies with Female Leads" Rumor

Posted: October 10th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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After Warner Bros noticed that Jeff Robinov's (president of production) alleged comment of "no more movies with female leads" spread across the internet, the studio began doing damage control. [read more about the comment] First thing they did was contact TheMovieBlog, who were leading the way in a boycott of Warners. Here is how the phone conversation went:

WB Rep - "Mr. Robinov never made that statement, nor is it his policy."
TMB - "So are you saying it is not now, nor will be Warner Bros. policy to stop producing films with female leads?"
WB Rep - "Correct. That is not our policy. A blogger (presumably Nikki Finke) made a statement without giving us the opportunity to first respond."
TMB - "All right, that's all I needed to know. Thank you for calling me."

Finke is the person that runs DeadlineHollywoodDaily and also the person responsible for starting the rumor, which she claims came from "three different producers."

For now, Robinov is doing what he can to put this ugly matter behind him and clear his name. He contacted Variety last night and explained that he is "offended" by the rumor. He began by stating that he is currently in final negotiations for a Cameron Diaz picture. And he made aggressive bids to land both Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" and the "Sex in the City" movie, but lost the deals to DreamWorks and New Line, respectively.

Citing such Warners hit chick flicks as "Cinderella Story" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (a sequel is in the works), Robinov said he is still in the business of making pics with women. Warners is producing an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel "Nights in Rodanthe," starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere. Also in the pipeline are "Spring Breakdown," a fish-out-of-water comedy about 20ish women on spring break, and the romantic comedy "Fool's Gold," starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.

Female superheroes are prominent in two upcoming Warners comicbook actioners. Wonder Woman joins the male ensemble in DC's "The Justice League" and Silk Spectre leads Alan Moore's "Watchmen." And Robinov is still seeking the right script and star for a "Wonder Woman" feature, which has been in development for a decade.

Poor execution and bad timing at the end of the most recent horror cycle were part of the poor reception for the horrorific "The Reaping" and "The Invasion," which both Kidman and co-star Daniel Craig refused to promote. As for Neil Jordan's brainy twist on the vigilante genre, "The Brave One," Robinov said he is "proud of the movie," which Foster continues to support around the world. "It's tricky," he said. "It may have been too rough for women, and we didn't get the reviews we had expected."

Action features starring women remain a hard sell for many moviegoers. But Robinov said he is still willing to put a femme star into an action role. "But, like any other movie, it has to be the right movie with the right actor and the right filmmaker at the right time," he said.

Source: Variety, TheMovieBlog


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